Burns Lake receives funding to eliminate racism

Ts’iyanne Buts’udilhit’ Friendship Centre Society has received $10,000 from the provincial government to help eliminate racism.

The Burns Lake Ts’iyanne Buts’udilhit’ Friendship Centre Society has received $10,000 from the provincial government to help eliminate racism.

The Nechako Healthy Community Alliance, the College of New Caledonia and the Smithers Bridging Committee have also received $10,000 each from the province. These organizations are among 14 organizations throughout B.C. participating in the organizing against racism and hate (OARH) program.

Deanna Brown-Nolan, President of the Ts’iyanne Buts’udilhit’ Friendship Centre Society, said the group is looking forward to further partnerships and their work with anti-racism from the OARH funding received.

“We will be researching safe and welcoming community spaces through film and the building of shared opportunities in the Lakes District in the development of a cultural centre,”  she said.

John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes, has expressed his support for anti-racism initiatives.

“Racism comes in many forms. And so do the ways to address it,” he said. “By funding anti-racism projects, along with supporting community engagement and multiculturalism, our government can help strengthen communities and help end racism in B.C.”

These 14 organizations are sharing $240,000 in funding from the provincial government towards activities in 24 communities that connect area networks in their common goal of wiping out racism. This includes local outreach, educational events, workshops and community engagements.