PRINCE GEORGE –  Prince George MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond congratulate the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George, the Fraser Fort George Museum Society and the Community Arts Council of Prince George and District for their successful bids resulting in a $2,480 multiculturalism grant to promote British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage, and nurture empathy and inclusion.

The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George will use its funding toward its program called ‘Our Journey, Our Voices: Embrace Diversity’ will provide the different ethno-cultural community of Prince George with awareness to learn to embrace each other’s cultures through information sessions, conversation and sharing circles, cultural celebrations and workshops

The Fraser Fort George Museum Society’s funds will go toward National Aboriginal Day at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.

Community Arts Council of Prince George and District will work with an inner-city school in Prince George to create art that focuses on the racism and discrimination experienced by students and their families. The project will last 4 weeks, and be offered to students as an extra-curricular activity.

“The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George, the Fraser Fort George Museum Society and the Community Arts Council of Prince George and District all help foster a more inclusive community here in Prince George,” Bond said. “We want everyone who lives in our community to feel accepted. That’s why we support initiatives like those undertaken by all of these organizations.”

“Vibrant, thriving communities depend on the participation of all citizens,” Morris said. “With the help of these community organizations, together we can strengthen our community and celebrate the diversity that makes it so unique.”

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