MAPLE RIDGE – Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture and MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Lisa Beare, and Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D’Eith are welcoming $4,000 through the province’s Multiculturalism Grant Program for community projects designed to promote multiculturalism and fight racism. The Family Education and Support Centre has received funds to strengthen cultural relationships in the community.
“Working together, and funding these projects puts on the path to a more inclusive community,” said Beare.
A total of 76 community groups around the province will receive funding though the Multiculturalism Grant Program. The program promotes intercultural trust and understanding by funding projects that bring people together in creative ways to enhance multiculturalism and address racism. The B.C. Government provides $300,000 annually to communities across B.C. through this grant program.
“These grants are a great reminder of the work being done in the community to strengthen intercultural understanding,” said D’Eith. “Maple Ridge is an incredibly diverse place, I’m glad to see the community benefit from this initiative.”
This grant program is just one way the province is tackling human rights issues. In November 2018 the BC NDP government introduced legislative amendments to the Human Rights Code that will re-establish a human rights commission to promote and protect human rights for all British Columbians.