NORTH VANCOUVER – Seven organizations on the North Shore have each been awarded a $2,480 grant to promote British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage and nurture empathy and inclusion.

The recipients and projects include:

  • G.V. Counselling and Education Society for Families: the grant will help the society challenge the notion of racism through a public engagement social media campaign and eight interactive educational sessions that explore different cultural perspectives.
  •  North Shore Folkfest Society: funding will support the 2016 North Shore Folkfest, which will bring together more than 20 groups that will offer distinct cultural performances.
  • North Shore Multicultural Society: funding will help the society deliver leadership training for 16 youth who want to further develop their diversity and anti-racism leadership skills.
  • Korean Cultural Heritage Society: the grant will support the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival, which will feature many cultural exhibits and performances.
  • Parkgate Community Services Society: funding will go toward helping the society organize a multicultural event that will feature various cultural performances and a low-cost community meal.
  • Dogwood Heritage Society of BC: the grant will support the Japanese Historic Places Project, which explores historic places in British Columbia that are significant to the history and development of the Japanese Canadian community.
  • Canadian Iranian Foundation: funding will support the Spring and Norouz Festival, the annual celebration of the spring equinox and the Iranian New Year.

More than 120 community organizations throughout the province 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 that 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.