Carolina Pannenbecker at an anti-racism protest last year in Alberta. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Black Press

Carolina Pannenbecker at an anti-racism protest last year in Alberta. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Black Press

Nominate champions of multiculturalism, anti-racism

The Province is seeking nominations to honour individuals and organizations that are strengthening multiculturalism, and taking a stand against racism and discrimination throughout B.C.

Beginning Jan. 25, British Columbians can submit nominations for the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards for individuals, organizations and youth whose work has enhanced inclusion and cultural diversity, and reduced racism and discrimination in their communities.

The call for nominations closes at 5 p.m. (Pacific time), Feb. 22.

There are three categories, with five awards in total:

* Intercultural Trust Award (two awards): Provided to an outstanding organization or individual for work in building intercultural trust and understanding, and/or reducing racism and hate between communities;

* Breaking Barriers Award (two awards): Provided to an outstanding organization or individual for work in tackling systemic or institutional racism, and reducing barriers for marginalized communities;

* Emerging Leader Award (one award): Provided to an outstanding youth/young adult, aged 15 to 30, for work in building intercultural trust, tackling racism or reducing barriers for marginalized communities.

All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition. Award winners will receive plaques. The youth award recipient will receive $5,000 to donate to a not-for-profit organization of their choice to further promote multiculturalism and anti-racism.

Nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges made up of members of the provincial Multicultural Advisory Council and a former award recipient.

B.C.’s Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards ceremony will take place virtually in late March to coincide with the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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