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B.C. recognizes anti-racism champions

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:34 PST, Mon January 25, 2021

Last Updated: 10:43 PST, Mon January 25, 2021

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.

Starting today, British Columbians can 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) on Feb. 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.

The B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards were established in 2008. To date, almost 40 individuals and organizations have received awards.

For more information and to submit a nomination, click here.

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