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Sixty-eight organizations receive grants to help shape anti-racism legislation

July 27, 2023

NationTalk: VICTORIA – Racialized people can now share their perspectives in culturally safe spaces as 68 organizations across B.C. receive more than $300,000 to engage community members on the development of new anti-racism legislation.

“Too many people in B.C. experience systemic racism every day,” said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives. “Part of how we will become an anti-racist society is by centring the lived experiences of those who have been marginalized by the harms of racism when we try to address it. These grants will give front-line organizations the opportunity to amplify the voices of the communities that will be most affected by our new anti-racism legislation.”

Government is asking for input from members of racialized communities, as well as racialized people from faith-based and 2SLGTBQIA+ communities, to ensure upcoming anti-racism legislation will make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Local community-led engagement sessions will be culturally appropriate, safe and responsive to the needs of each community.

“This grant will be a catalyst for positive change within the Black community,” said Brian Seremba of the BC Community Alliance. “It will help us create safe spaces for open dialogue, amplify Black voices and foster a more inclusive and equitable future for our community.”

More than 100 organizations from across B.C. applied for grants and 68 applications have been approved. The maximum grant amount is $5,000 and government has allocated $308,000 to be divided between the successful organizations. Engagements will run between July and the end of September 2023.

The grant recipient organizations provide anti-racism awareness and education, resilience training for those who have experienced racism, and social services and supports for newcomers, as well as promoting diversity through arts and culture.

“Our community-led engagement celebrates Deaf culture and American sign language (ASL), fostering inclusivity and dialogue,” said Vinu Abraham Chetipurackal of the Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf. “With a secondary intersection of being Deaf, we look forward to the opportunity to acknowledge the diversity in the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community and to helping make sure their perspectives are heard and respected.”

The Anti-Racism Act, which will be introduced in 2024, is being co-developed with Indigenous Peoples and government has separately provided over $450,000 to First Nations and Métis partners to facilitate the distinctions-based co-development process.

All British Columbians are invited to share how they think government should address systemic racism by completing the anti-racism questionnaire by Sept. 30, 2023. It is available online in 15 languages.


Niki Sharma, Attorney General –

“I want Indigenous and racialized people to know that we’re listening, and together we can work to address systemic racism. These community-led engagement sessions are part of the co-development model we are using to ensure that future government services are delivered fairly and equitably to all British Columbians.”

Lali Pawa, South Asian Legal Clinic of BC –

“We have already launched our outreach and awareness campaign for the anti-racism questionnaire. I am encouraging all South Asians across the province to participate in this survey and help the government improve programs and services. We ensure a safe and supported space where honest and open conversations can take place. No one should be left out and left behind.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Province launched the anti-racism questionnaire on June 5, 2023, to collect input into the development of new anti-racism legislation to be introduced in 2024. It’s open for responses until Sept. 30, 2023.
  • The questionnaire is available in 15 languages and takes seven to 12 minutes to complete.

Learn More:

To complete the questionnaire, visit:

A backgrounder follows.


Ministry of Attorney General
Media Relations
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Grants for as much as $5,000 provided community-led engagement on anti-racism


  • Kelowna Community Resources Society, Kelowna
  • Kootenay Family Place Society for Children and Youth, Castlegar
  • OCCA Communities Association, West Kelowna
  • Penticton and District Multicultural Society (PDMS)/South Okanagan
  • Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS), Penticton
  • Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society, Vernon

Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley

  • Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies, Vancouver
  • African Women Empowerment Society, Surrey
  • Afrika 21 Cultural Centre Association, Burnaby
  • Afro-Canadian Positive Network of BC, Surrey
  • BC Coalition of Experiential Communities Association, Vancouver
  • BC Community Alliance, Vancouver
  • Be the Change Earth Alliance Society, Vancouver
  • British Columbia Federation of Labour, Burnaby
  • Burnaby Family Life, Burnaby
  • Canada Committee 100 Society, Burnaby
  • Canadian Women and Art Society, Burnaby
  • Capilano Students’ Union Association, North Vancouver
  • Centre for Family Equity Society, Vancouver
  • Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Vancouver
  • Culture Chats BC Association, Burnaby
  • DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Surrey
  • Edo Friends of British Columbia Association, Surrey
  • Engaged Communities Canada Society, Vancouver
  • Family Education and Support Centre, Maple Ridge
  • Folk Stars Arts Academy Society, Surrey
  • Foundation for a Path Forward, Vancouver
  • Great Lakes Networking Society of BC, Vancouver
  • Great Light Healing Community Services Society, Surrey
  • Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf, Surrey
  • Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, Burnaby
  • Historic Joy Kogawa House Society, Vancouver
  • Hope Community Services, Hope
  • Korean Evergreen Seniors Society of Canada, Burnaby
  • Langley Community Services Society, Langley
  • Latincouver Cultural and Business Society, Vancouver
  • Long-term Inmates Now in the Community (L.I.N.C.), Mission
  • Middlepeace Clinical Counselling Society, West Vancouver
  • MOSAIC Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities, Vancouver
  • Multicultural Helping House Society, Vancouver
  • North Shore Multicultural Society, North Vancouver
  • Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration Society, Vancouver
  • Pakistani Canadian Women’s Society, Burnaby
  • Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, Surrey
  • Richmond Jewish Dayschool PAC, Richmond
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society), Vancouver
  • South Asian Legal Clinic of British Columbia, Port Coquitlam
  • Stop Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Advocacy Group Association of Canada, Richmond
  • Swahili Vision International Association, Vancouver
  • Synergy Executive and Boards Consulting Group Inc., Port Coquitlam
  • The Board of Education of School District No. 36 (Mustang Justice), Surrey
  • Third Bridge Foundation, Vancouver
  • Unique Get Together Society, Vancouver
  • Vancouver AIDS Society, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Black Therapy and Advocacy Foundation, Vancouver
  • Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society, Vancouver
  • Voices of Muslim Women Foundation, Vancouver
  • Whistler Multicultural Society, Whistler
  • Women Transforming Cities, Vancouver
  • World Sikh Organization of Canada, Surrey
  • Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice, Vancouver
  • Yoruba Social and Cultural Association of British Columbia, Surrey


  • Northern Lights College, Fort St. John
  • Skeena Diversity Society, Terrace

Vancouver Island

  • 7 Generation Stewards Society, Campbell River
  • African Art and Cultural Community Contributor CCC Inc., Victoria
  • Bangladesh Canada Cultural Association in Victoria (BCCAV), Victoria
  • Coastal Research, Education, and Advocacy Network (CREAN), Victoria
  • Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Victoria


Ministry of Attorney General
Media Relations
250 896-5104