November 21, 2021
Victoria — Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-racism Initiatives, has released the following statement in celebration of Multiculturalism Week:
“We are placing a stronger focus on fighting racism and discrimination in B.C. This work is incredibly important as we have seen far too many examples of individuals targeted and scapegoated for their background, the colour of their skin or their faith over the past 18 months.
“Nobody should feel unsafe in their own communities, yet the reality is that many Indigenous and racialized people experience discrimination on a daily basis. We have seen it in the recent examples of racism in Kelowna and the rise in anti-Asian hate incidents in Vancouver, to ongoing systemic racism in government services that must be addressed.
“It is hurting our communities and having a lasting impact on too many British Columbians, putting up barriers that are stopping them from getting ahead. Now is the time to stand up and work toward change.
“As government, we are leading the way with anti-racism data legislation to create a safer, more equitable province. We will also introduce a new anti-racism act to better protect anyone who is experiencing discrimination and hatred. And we are listening to communities around the province to make sure that their experiences and concerns are properly addressed by this legislation.
“As we slowly emerge from the pandemic and look ahead to our future, I am hopeful that we are on the path to a province where everybody is valued and respected equally. During BC Multiculturalism Week, I encourage all British Columbians to reflect on the part you play in this work as we build a better future for ourselves and our children.”