Promoting Multiculturalism and Eliminating Racism in British Columbia

Funding provided through EmbraceBC's six distinct program elements seek to inspire community members, residents and sector leaders to welcome, accept and embrace difference, on both personal and institutional levels.

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Apology Consultations

Over the coming months, the government will engage with British Columbia's Chinese community associations and individuals who were directly and indirectly impacted by prejudicial legislation to work towards offering an appropriate public apology.

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Resources and Campaigns

A variety of resources and campaigns have been created by government and various organizations through funding from EmbraceBC. They are available to provide users with information and tools to help promote multiculturalism and eliminate racism in British Columbia.

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Friday, March 21, 2014 - Commemorate March 21 with new Public Education Resources from EmbraceBC



Unlearn Racism
Designed for youth 12-16, the Unlearn Racism resource is about challenging the status quo, questioning the one-sided narrative that’s presented to us every day of our lives and putting aside the practice of discrimination that’s fuelled by historical events and past perceptions. A discussion guide is also available.



Know Hate
Developed in collaboration with the BC Hate Crimes Team and Abbotsford Community Services, the Know Hate campaign and Hate Crimes BC website provides awareness and information about  what constitutes a hate crime, reporting information and links to resources for victims. 


Monday, February 3, 2014 - Forums shed light on historic wrongs

OpEd by Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.


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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Last call for multiculturalism champions

Nominations close on Tuesday, Feb. 11 for the fifth annual Provincial Nesika Awards. Nominees and the five award recipients will be recognized at the awards event in Vancouver on April 4, 2014. Five categories are open for nomination: individual, business, organization, youth and new this year - multicultural excellence in government.


News Release


Friday, December 13, 2013 - Remaining dates confirmed for consultation to right historical wrongs

The Government of British Columbia confirmed the remaining six dates, venues and times for the consultation forums to discuss the wording, delivery and legacy efforts of a formal apology to B.C.’s Chinese community for historical wrongs.


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October 29, 2013 - Consultation begins to right historical wrongs
The Government of British Columbia announced a consultation process will begin to discuss the wording for a formal apology to B.C.’s Chinese community for historical wrongs.

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Community consultation forums – information will be available soon.

October 22, 2013 - MAC celebrates 25 years
(B.C. Provincial Multicultural Advisory Council)
The Provincial Multicultural Advisory Council turns twenty-five this year. Established in 1988, the MAC was originally called the Advisory Council on Multiculturalism and obtained its current name in 1993.

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October 1, 2013 - Nominations open for 5th Annual Provincial Nesika Awards
Nominations are now open for the fifth annual Provincial Nesika Awards and British Columbians are encouraged to participate. Five categories are open for nomination – Individual, Business, Organization, Youth and, new this year, Multicultural Excellence in Government.

For more information or to nominate, download the nomination form or nominate online.

Nominations close February 11, 2014, 5 pm.