A first-of-its-kind anti-racism training program will empower people to tackle the problem in the North Coast, stated Jennifer Rice MLA, on Aug. 4.
The Leading Change for Resilient Communities (LCRC) program is focused on bringing anti-racism education to rural communities across B.C.
People from more than 18 small communities, including Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers, Houston, Vanderhoof and Fort St. John, are encouraged to apply for the new Anti-Racism Community (ARC) Stewards pilot program, the Ministry of Attorney General announced in an Aug. 4 media statement.
Rice said the new eight-month training program would allow more people to gain the skills they need to de-escalate racist the incidents and start community discussions to eliminate racism and discrimination.
“In the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in racist incidents in both large and small communities in our province. Any [racist circumstance] is unacceptable, and we all have a role to play in confronting racism here on the North Coast,” she said.
This pilot project was developed by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, a non-profit organization that assists people new to Canada and advances anti-racism initiatives as part of the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network.
Resilience BC is a network of over 34 organizations that connects local leaders with information, support and training they need when responding to and preventing future incidents of the racism and hate in their communities.
The new ARC Stewards pilot will educate the people with a passion for leading anti-racism work in the rural communities.
According to the Ministry’s press release, successful applicants will learn the skills needed to offer training on how bystanders can address racist incidents and facilitate community dialogues on racism and discrimination in their communities.
The program will include community bystander training, community discussion facilitator training and workshops on the untold history of B.C.