Provincial funding to help Burnaby’s Black Girl Collective Society fight racism

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A total of 60 organizations across the province received funding.

The Black Girl Collective Society of Burnaby has been chosen among 60 recipients across British Columbia to receive provincial funding as part of an anti-racism effort.

“Over the past two years, we have seen a staggering increase in racist and hateful incidents in British Columbia,” Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives Rachna Singh said in a news release.

“These grants are one of many steps in our fight against racism, helping organizations on the ground to address systemic racism. This is important work, and I am grateful to everyone who steps up to create anti-racist workplaces and communities.”

The Black Girl Collective Society has received a $5,000 grant for its Black Girl Brunch, an annual event that celebrates the existence, resilience and radical joy of black women, providing a space to meet, exchange ideas and build an authentic and inclusive community. .

“People of African descent are typically categorized as one group and treated as a monolith, obscuring the vast diversity of their histories, identities, journeys and experiences,” added BC Black History Awareness Society President Silvia Mangue Alene. .

“This funding builds on ‘Worlds Within: Diverse Histories, Identities, and Experiences of Black People of African Ancestry in British Columbia’, the African Ancestry Project’s report released in March 2022, to add a youth-focused component about the rich heritage and diverse cultural identities of Black people in British Columbia Connecting with youth is key to building self-esteem and challenging stereotypes that promote anti-Black racism.

Odihi in New Westminster also received a $5,000 grant for Holistic Maternal Health in IBPOC Women, providing information, support and coaching to IBPOC women who have experienced miscarriage or infertility.

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