Cultural awareness, racism reduction funded

Province awards multiculturalism grants in 100 Mile, 108 Mile

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett congratulates the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre (CFEC) and Mile 108 Elementary School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) for their successful bids resulting in $2,480 each in multiculturalism grant funding to promote British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage, and nurture empathy and inclusion.

With its grant, the CFEC and Stemete7uw’I Friendship Centre aim to develop a program welcoming the community and social service providers with a forum based on cultural competency. In order to enhance a cultural identity fearless of repercussion or inferiority, the groups have identified the need for eliminating harmful language and actions stationed in racism.

Meanwhile, the Mile 108 PAC is planning to organize a cultural awareness week at the school. The week will be dedicated to multicultural awareness and anti-racism.

Community organizations are the heart of multicultural B.C., Barnett says.

They nurture B.C.’s diversity and make our society stronger. That’s why I am proud of these two organizations and the work they do to promote understanding, empathy and diversity in our community.”

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 $300,000 in multicultural grant funding in 2015/16.