RICHMOND– Five Richmond organizations have each been awarded a $2,480 multiculturalism grant to promote British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage, and nurture empathy and inclusion.

The recipients and projects include:

  • South Arm Community Association: the grant will support ‘A Taste of Harmony: Seniors Cooking Program’ which will help participants learn about and experience cultural foods together.
  • B.C. Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations: the grant will support two public forums that will increase the awareness and impacts of Caribbean people and their culture in B.C.
  • Richmond Museum Society: the grant will support the museum’s Oral History Program. The goal is to have 30 interviewers and interviewees participate in formal oral histories in 2016, and 100 participants who conduct simple interviews with diverse members of their community.
  • Canada-China Film and Television Cultural Association: the grant will support the Canada-China Film Festival, which aims to promote the soul of the five-thousand-year Chinese culture and to bring the world a better understanding of China via film and television.
  • Connections Community Services Society: the grant will support Generation Connect, a mentorship program that helps newcomers build skills through intergenerational sharing between youth and seniors, as well as learn about and connect to their community.

“British Columbia was built by many hands, from various cultures, traditions and backgrounds,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre and Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. “That’s why our government is proud to support their vital contribution to the rich social and cultural fabric of our province, and these Multiculturalism Grants are an effective way to connect communities across B.C.”

“These are small grants that make a big impact—fostering a sense of belonging and understanding in our communities,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “I look forward to seeing these local programs and events unfold, and wish the organizers well in these important endeavours.”

“Community organizations have the ability to nurture B.C.’s diversity and make our society stronger,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “Congratulations to these five deserving groups, and thank you for the work you do to promote multiculturalism here at home.”

More than 120 community organizations throughout the province, from 100 Mile House to Abbotsford, are receiving funding to support multicultural initiatives, projects and events. In total, the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism is contributing a total of $300,000 in Multicultural Grant funding in 2015-16.

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 or cultural celebrations that support positive expressions of multiculturalism. The grants also support projects that challenge racism and hate, especially those that utilize a collaborative community approach.

Quick Facts:

  • As the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, almost 30% 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.

To learn about what the province is doing to promote multiculturalism and address racism in B.C., please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/multiculturalism-anti-racism.