Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network
The Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network will offer a multi-faceted, province wide approach with greater focus and leadership in identifying and challenging racism. The program will connect communities with information, supports and training they need to respond to, and prevent future incidents of, racism and hate.
This program is the result of a series of community dialogues led by Ravi Kahlon, former parliamentary secretary for sport and multiculturalism, in July and August of 2019. The meetings explored issues and experiences around racism and hate, and asked community leaders for advice about how government can help build a safer, more inclusive province.
Recommendations were made to redesign the existing Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program, to better support communities in their efforts to fight racism and hate. As a result, on November 18, 2019, the Province introduced the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network to deliver coordinated services through a “Hub and Spoke” model.
This model will have a centralized “hub” that anchors the program and provides oversight; the “spokes” are community-based branches that help see through service delivery.
- The Resilience BC hub will:
- Connect communities
- Increase capacity to share information and resources
- Coordinate training and anti-racism initiatives
- The spokes will:
- Represent communities and work with local members
- Identify local priorities and move projects forward
A Request for Proposal (RFP) is currently posted through BCBid to engage with a contractor to provide the hub services. In early 2020, individual communities will be engaged to be part of a network of up to 40 local spokes.
Proposals for the hub services are being accepted until 2 p.m. on January 16, 2020, through BCBid.