Established in 2002, the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee continues to enhance its mandate to strengthen harmony and co-operation throughout the city.
Sixteen council-appointed members and representatives from a variety of other local groups have worked tirelessly to address language, information and cultural barriers; address the perception and reality of racism; and support the development and integration of immigrants.
A 2019 submission to council outlines the committee’s intention to continue to act as a resource, and provide advice to enhance and strengthen intercultural harmony in the community.
Major projects in 2018 included the distribution of newcomer guides; a city-hosted one-day conference on diversity; Hi Neighbour; and a Resilient Streets Program.
Program members planned and delivered the Hi Neighbour project in co-operation with the Richmond School District. Several elementary school classes were asked to design and draw pictures that best represented what “High Neighbour” meant to them.
With the Resilient Streets Program, the city received a grant to promote neighbourhood building activities in the East and West Cambie neighbourhoods. The initiative provided micro-grants to residents of between $50 and $200 to facilitate neighbourhood bonding activities, such as potlucks, block parties and barbecues and to promote localized connections among immediate neighbours.