MACKENZIE –  Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris congratulates the Mackenzie Autumn Lodge Society for its successful bid resulting in a $2,480 multiculturalism grant to promote British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage and nurture empathy and inclusion.

The Mackenzie Autumn Lodge Society will use its funding to host a series of dinners at the seniors centre. Each dinner will also showcase the music, dance, art and lifestyle of each represented culture.

“Thriving communities depend on the participation of all citizens,” Morris said. “Through the help organizations like the Mackenzie Autumn Lodge Society, we can work together strengthen our communities and celebrate diversity.”

The Multiculturalism Grant Program celebrates British Columbia’s cultural diversity by funding projects which raise awareness of B.C.’s rich multicultural identity. This can include festivals, community forums, cultural celebrations that support positive expressions of multiculturalism and projects that challenge racism and hate, especially those that utilize a collaborative community approach.

More than 120 community organizations throughout the province are receiving funding. In total, the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism is contributing a total of $300,000 in Multicultural Grant funding in 2015-16.

As the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, almost 30 per cent of British Columbians have emigrated from another country. B.C. welcomes nearly 40,000 new immigrants every year. Over the past three years, an average of $1.7 million has been spent annually on programs that promote multiculturalism and address racism.

Learn about what the B.C. government is doing to promote multiculturalism and address racism in B.C. at gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/multiculturalism-anti-racism.

For information and services for new British Columbians, visit Welcome BC at welcomebc.ca/home.aspx.