Nominate B.C.’s champions of multiculturalism, anti-racism

THE Province is seeking nominations to honour individuals and organizations that are strengthening multiculturalism and taking a stand against racism and discrimination throughout B.C.

British Columbians can now submit nominations for the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards for individuals, organizations and youth whose work has enhanced inclusion and cultural diversity, and reduced racism and discrimination in their communities.

The call for nominations closes at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), February 22. There are three categories, with five awards in total:

* Intercultural Trust Awards (two awards):
Provided to an outstanding organization or individual for their work in building intercultural trust and understanding and/or reducing racism and hate between communities

* Breaking Barriers Award (two awards):
Provided to an outstanding organization or individual for their work in tackling systemic or institutional racism and reducing barriers for marginalized communities

* Emerging Leader Award (one award):
Provided to an outstanding youth/young adult, aged 15 to 30, for their work in building intercultural trust, tackling racism or reducing barriers for marginalized communities

All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition. Award winners will receive plaques. The youth award recipient will receive $5,000 to donate to a not-for-profit organization of their choice to further promote multiculturalism and anti-racism.

Nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges made up of members of the provincial Multicultural Advisory Council and a former award recipient.

British Columbia’s Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards ceremony will take place virtually in late March to coincide with the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Quick Facts

* The B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards were established in 2008.

* Almost 40 individuals and organizations have received awards.

* Recipients include:
– Henry Yu, University of British Columbia history professor, whose work has drawn attention to the cultural and historical ties between First Nations and Asia Pacific migrants in B.C.;

– Boma Brown, founder of the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour;

– Farid Rohani, a founder of the Laurier Institution; and

– Spice Radio for organizing the annual Raise Your Hands Against Racism campaign.

Learn More

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit: