Anti-Racism Awareness Week is May 23 - 29

 

Anti-Racism Awareness Week kicks off on Sunday, May 23 in British Columbia and focuses on the need for governments, organizations and individuals to work together to educate and support anti-racism education in our communities.

Anti-racism is the deliberate act of opposing racism and promoting a society that is thoughtful, inclusive and just.

Anti-racism education helps people learn how to practise identifying, challenging, preventing, eliminating and changing the values, structures, policies, programs, practices and behaviours that perpetuate racism and hate.

Read the B.C. proclamation and learn more about what you can do to take action against racism in our community.

Racism in Greater Victoria: A Community Report 

The recent study, “Racism in Greater Victoria: A Community Report” presented by the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) discusses the racism that Indigenous, Black, Asian and other People of Colour experience in Greater Victoria, and explores perceptions, experiences and responses to racism in the community.

The Report is based on an online survey on racism in the community and a community dialogue conducted by ICA in late 2020. Close to 1,000 Greater Victoria residents engaged with the survey and 398 participants completed the demographic section. Of those 398 respondents, 213 identified as Indigenous, Black, Asian or People of Colour, and 159 were immigrants. Learn more.

What the City is Doing to Foster Equity and Inclusion and Address Racism

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office

The City has established an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office to work with all City departments to imbed equity in policies, programs and services to advance the removal of systemic barriers. This Office is developing an Equity Framework that will apply an equity lens to all City operations, programs and services.

Supporting the International Decade for People of African Descent

To advance Council’s commitment to acknowledging and recognizing the International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024, the City is establishing a new advisory committee to support the Decade’s three themes of recognition, justice and development.

The new advisory committee will engage the community to develop a three-year action plan to implement the United Nations’ proclamation of promoting respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Recruitment for the committee will take place in June. More information coming soon.

Developing the Welcoming City Strategy

The City is developing a Welcoming City Strategy, which will serve as a roadmap to guide Victoria towards becoming a stronger, more inclusive community where everyone, including newcomers, immigrants and refugees, is accepted, respected and feels like they belong. The community is invited to share their ideas and lived experiences by May 30 to help inform the draft strategy at engage.victoria.ca.

Equity and Inclusion Update to City’s Engagement Framework

This year, the City is collaborating the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on the City’s equity and inclusion update of its Engagement Framework and will be co-designing the City’s virtual Engagement Summit planned for the fall.