Resilience BC Spokes

The Resilience BC anti-racism network offers a multi-faceted, province wide approach 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.

The network delivers coordinated services through a centralized “hub” that anchors the program and provides oversight and “spokes” that are community-based branches that help see through service delivery.

Spoke services are available in 40 communities. Spokes have a strong understanding of racism and hate issues in their communities and have a defined course of action at the local or regional level driven by community partnerships.

In July 2020, the spokes organizations were announced. Currently they are being set up to lead anti-racism and anti-hate work in their communities. Periodically check this page for updates and contact information.

If you would like to report a hate crime, please visit the Hate Crimes in BC website.

Spokes Communities List
Community Organization
100 Mile House Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Society
Abbotsford Archway Community Services
Burnaby Burnaby Family Life
Campbell River The Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA)
Chetwynd Saulteau First Nation
Comox Valley Community Justice Centre for the Comox Valley Society
Cowichan Valley Regional District Cowichan Intercultural Society
Cranbrook and East Kootenays Cranbrook & District Restorative Justice Society
Dawson Creek Dawson Creek Literacy Society
Delta Deltassist Family and Community Services
Fort St. John Dawson Creek Literacy Society
Hope Free Rein Associates Training Ltd.
Houston Houston Link to Learning Society
Kamloops North Okanagan Social Planning Society
Kelowna North Okanagan Social Planning Society
Kitimat The Tamitik Status of Women Association
Langley Langley Community Services Society
Mission Archway Community Services
Nanaimo/Ladysmith Liminal Spaces Consulting
Nelson and district Nelson and District Arts Council
New Westminster The Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families
North Shore North Shore Multicultural Society
Penticton/South Okanagan North Okanagan Social Planning Society
Port Alberni Literacy Alberni Society
Powell River Lift Community Services of qathet
Prince George Immigrant Multicultural Services Society of Prince George 
Prince Rupert North Coast Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society
Revelstoke Okanagan College
Richmond Richmond Multicultural Community Services
Ridge Meadows The Family Education and Support Centre
Salmon Arm/Shuswap North Okanagan Social Planning Society
Sechelt/Gibsons WitWorks Ltd.
Smithers Smithers Social Planning Society
Surrey/White Rock MOSAIC (Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities)
Terrace Skeena Diversity Society
Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody) S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society)
Vancouver Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Vanderhoof Nechako Healthy Community Alliance
Vernon North Okanagan Social Planning Society
Victoria/Capital  Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

In May 2020, the Province selected the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society to serve as the provincial hub to connect communities with information, training and resources throughout the province.

Ministry Responsibility:

The Ministry for Tourism Arts and Culture (TAC) is responsible for the Multiculturalism Act, and within TAC, the Multiculturalism Branch (Branch) has a mandate to promote diversity and inclusion in communities across British Columbia by:

  • building intercultural trust and understanding among all British Columbians;
  • reducing systemic barriers to participation by under-represented, racialized groups; and
  • supporting communities to respond to public incidents of racism and hate.

Background:

In 2019, meetings and consultations were held with service providers for the former provincial anti-racism program, Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH), and other community leaders to discuss local, emerging issues on racist and hate incidences, how they are being addressed, what is working, what more could be done, and to gather feedback to inform the delivery of a new, more effective anti-racism program model.

Additional factors that were considered in assessing the direction of the Branch’s revised anti-racism programming include:

  • Data reflecting an overall increase in police-reported hate crimes in BC over the past 5 years, as well as indicators of systemic racism reflected in reports such as the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction’s “What We Heard About Poverty Report” and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice.
  • The Branch’s work to establish a new Cross-Ministry Working Group within the Provincial government on Racism and Hate.
  • The launch of the BC Human Rights Commission and appointment of the Human Rights Commissioner in May 2019.
  • The release of the Federal Government’s 2019-2022 Anti-Racism Strategy.

Resilience BC - a new Anti-Racism Network:

Based on the feedback and current needs, TAC has replaced the OARH program with Resilience BC, a new anti-racism network which delivers coordinated services through a “hub and spoke” model:

  • The Hub, is a non-governmental, expert, third-party contractor that maintains a provincial scope on responding to hate incidences. It delivers relevant expertise and knowledge, connects and coordinates spoke communities, and is a key link between the Province, communities and other key stakeholders.
  • The Spokes are community- or region-driven committees that lead anti-racism and anti-hate work at the local level. In their communities, they build awareness of what comprises racism and hate, mobilize their communities to respond to hate incidences in a supportive and collaborative way, and lead discussions and anti-racism education opportunities. The Spokes receive supports from the Hub, engage with the Hub’s activities, and are active participants of the broader Resilience BC Network. To support this work, the Province provides direct funding to community and regional spokes annually.
 

Service Goals, Roles & Responsibilities 

Without limiting the services, the following summarizes the requirements to be performed by successful Spokes.

Short Term and Immediate Goals of the Spokes under the New Program:

  • A coordinated approach to address racism and hate is delivered at a local level in collaboration with diverse partners/stakeholders in the community. All Spoke Networks include a representative from local law enforcement.

  • A strong, collaborative network is established with clear communication within local community and between the Hub and the Ministry.

  • Priorities to address racism and hate specific to each community are identified.

  • Roles and responsibilities of key community stakeholders to respond to incidents of racism and hate are identified and clarified.

  • Educational resources and supports to address racism and hate are readily available to communities.

Long Term Goals of the Spokes under the New Program:

  • An active local network is maintained, expanded and engages broad segments of population and community partners.

  • The Spoke is recognized as a local leader in addressing racism and hate activity and mobilizing community responses to racism and hate-related incidents.

  • The Spoke continues collaborating with the Hub to effectively and strategically respond to local emerging trends and developing community capacities to respond to racism and hate-related activity in BC.

  • The Resilience BC program is reducing systemic barriers to participation by under-represented, racialized groups.

Key roles and responsibilities include:

  1. Leader: Providing leadership in addressing local racism and hate activity in collaboration with the Hub and Ministry. This may include developing programs such as introducing equity policies, designing awareness campaigns, hosting community workshops on active-witnessing, leading a coordinated community response in the event of a major hate crime or hate incident, etc.

  2. Convener: Convening and coordinating an active local network comprised of relevant stakeholders (i.e. community service providers, municipal government, school districts, faith groups, police authorities, etc.), Indigenous partners, members from marginalized/impacted communities, local experts/advocates in anti-hate work.

  3. Knowledge Expert:

    1. Building community awareness of what comprises racism and hate.

    2. Collaborating with the Hub to identify emerging trends of racism and hate specific to their geographic community and opportunities to address them.

  4. Response Activator: Mobilizing a community response to incidents of racism and hate in a consistent, collaborative and effective way.

  5. Key Contact: Act as a key community contact for the ministry and other provincial government officials in the event of a hate crime or hate incident;

  6. Active Network Member: Participating in broader Resilience BC Network activities that may include regular network meetings, sharing resources, and collaborating with the Hub on activities.

  7. Regional Coordination (for Regional Spokes):

    1. Maintaining regular communication and actively engaging with representatives from all participating geographic communities.

    2. Developing response mechanisms to racist incident and anti-racism/anti-hate activities specific to the context, needs and trends of participating geographic communities.

    3. Coordinating activities of participating geographic communities.

    4. Identifying the trends and needs common for all/selected geographic communities served by a Regional Spoke.

    5. Facilitating administration of funding and reports between geographic communities and Province.