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Tourism, Arts and Culture

Province honours outstanding contributions that combat racism

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Tourism, Arts and Culture

Province honours outstanding contributions that combat racism

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Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
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250 208-4309
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Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Media Relations
250 208-4309

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Anti-racism awards details

All nominees are honoured with a certificate of recognition. Award recipients also receive a trophy. In addition, the Emerging Leader Award recipient receives $5,000 to donate to a not-for-profit organization of their choice to further promote multiculturalism and anti-racism.

  • Awards are presented to individuals or non-profit, business or public service organizations under the following categories:
    • Intercultural Trust Award (two awards): for outstanding work in building intercultural trust and understanding and/or reducing racism and hate between communities.
    • Breaking Barriers Award (two awards): for outstanding work in tackling systemic or institutional racism and reducing barriers for marginalized communities.
    • Emerging Leader Award (one award): to a youth/young adult, aged 15 to 30 years, for outstanding work in building intercultural trust, tackling racism or reducing barriers for marginalized communities. The award is accompanied by a $5,000 grant to be donated to an organization of the youth’s choice. 
  • In November 2019, government launched Resilience BC, a provincewide anti-racism network designed to connect communities throughout the province with information, supports and training to assist them in addressing racism, intolerance and hate.
  • On May 5, 2020, government announced Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) will serve as a provincial hub for Resilience BC and will soon announce up to 40 organizations that will lead anti-racism and anti-hate efforts in their community as a Resilience BC spoke. The program will receive $540,000 annually. The full rollout of Resilience BC will take place in 2020.

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