B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards
The nomination period for 2020 awards is now open. Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Award finalists and recipients will be announced in March.
The British Columbia Multiculturalism and Anti-racism Awards honour exceptional individuals and organizations that promote multiculturalism and address racism.
Nominate a person or organization that’s making a difference in your community!
New nomination categories and eligibility requirements
Intercultural Trust Awards (2 awards)
Provided to an outstanding individual or non-profit, business or public sector organization for their work in building intercultural trust and understanding and/or reducing racism and hate between communities.
Breaking Barriers Award (2 awards)
Provided to an outstanding individual or non-profit, business or public sector organization for their work in tackling systemic or institutional racism and reducing barriers for marginalized communities.
Emerging Leader Award (1 award)
Provided to an outstanding youth/young adult, age 15-30, for their work in building intercultural trust, tackling racism or reducing barriers for marginalized communities. Award provided with a $5,000 grant to be given to an organization of the youth’s choice.
You cannot save a nomination once you start. Before you begin, ensure you have the names and contact information for the nominee and a reference, as well as being prepared to describe why you are nominating the person or organization.
Neither employees of the Province of British Columbia nor elected representatives will have involvement in, or influence over, the selection of finalists or recipients. An independent selection panel with expertise in multiculturalism and anti-racism will follow assessment guidelines to evaluate all the nominees. The process of evaluating nominees and selecting finalists and award recipients is at the discretion of the independent selection panel. The selection panel has the option of not making an award in all categories. In reviewing the nominations, the judges will consider the contributions and achievements in regard to:
- Building intercultural trust and understanding between communities;
- Reducing racism and hate;
- Addressing systemic or institutional racism;
- Reducing systemic or institutional barriers for marginalized communities; and
- The use of the award money to further advance multiculturalism and anti-racism objectives in British Columbia (Youth category).
The Ministry reserves the right to disqualify a finalist or recipient if it receives information that a candidate may have acted in ways that could be interpreted as being contrary to the purposes of B.C.’s Human Rights Code. All nominees, finalists and award recipients are expected to be actively engaged in promoting a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age.
Finalists and award recipients
The judges’ panel will recommend a short-list of award finalists and award recipients. All award finalists will be honoured with a certificate, while award recipients will receive trophies. In addition, the youth/young adult recipient of the Emerging Leader category will be awarded a grant of $5,000 to be donated to a not-for-profit organization of their choice to further advance multiculturalism and anti-racism objectives in BC. Award money is not intended for individual gain. The selected organization must be a registered non-profit society, charity or business and must be active in British Columbia. A nominee cannot be nominated in more than one category in any one year. All nominees and their nominators agree that the applicant information may be used for publicity purposes. Nominees agree to be photographed for publicity purposes.
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Users are solely responsible for the accuracy of the information provided to the Multiculturalism Branch via this service.
You share responsibility for protecting your personal information. If you are using the online nomination service in a public place (i.e. government information centre, library, educational facility or Internet café) please ensure that you:
- Do not leave the computer, workstation or terminal unattended while completing the nomination.
- If you must leave, cancel the application by closing the window.
- Clear your browser's cache and close down your browser.
- When you print your nomination summary, be certain to collect all copies from the printer and keep in a safe place. Shred any copies that you do not need.
Collection of personal information
The information on this form is collected under the authority of the Section 26(c) and 27(1)(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [RSBC 1996 c.165] and will help us to assess the eligibility and to notify recipients of the B.C. Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism Award. By submitting the form you are: a) consenting to the collection of your personal information, if any, as disclosed on the form; and b) confirming that information disclosed on the form concerning any individual who has agreed to submit a letter in support of this nomination is either business contact information only or you have obtained the consent of the individual to disclose that individual's personal information, if any, on the form. If you have any questions about the collection, use or disclosure of this information, please contact the Multiculturalism Branch at 778-698-8831 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knowledge of a proposed nomination should be restricted to the individuals compiling the nomination. By submitting the form, the nominee and nominator agree to the terms and conditions.
For youth under the age of 19 that are nominating or being nominated, it is required that the parent or guardian submit the form.