DAWSON CREEK – Dawson Creek Literacy Society has received $10,000 from the B.C. government to help eliminate racism in Dawson Creek.

“The Dawson Creek Literacy Society is pleased to be the recipient of the Organizing Against Racism and Hate funding provided by the Province,” Dawson Creek Literacy Society settlement services coordinator Katie Stevenson said. “These funds will be used to continue our work in making our community more welcoming and inclusive for all. We look forward to working with our dedicated community partners in this important project for another term.”

“Unfortunately, racism still happens,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “With ongoing dialogue and continued work, we can further address issues and empower change.”

Dawson Creek Literacy Society is one of 14 organizations throughout British Columbia participating in B.C.’s Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program.

These 14 organizations are sharing $240,000 in funding from the provincial government towards activities in 24 communities that connect area networks in their common goal of wiping out racism. This includes local outreach, educational events, workshops and community engagements.

The OARH program helps communities address racism and create a long-term plan to eradicate violence, discrimination and hate in their communities.

Under the program, all activities must be developed using a collaborative, community-based process. This results in many communities combining efforts regionally to maximize funding.

Almost 30 per cent of British Columbians emigrated from another country, making it the most ethnically diverse province in Canada.

To learn more about the Organizing Against Racism and Hate program, go to: embracebc.ca/embracebc/funding/organizing/index.page.