VICTORIA – Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, has released the
following statement in celebration of Multiculturalism Week, Nov. 19-25, 2023:
“In the third week of November, people throughout British Columbia celebrate Multiculturalism
Week. This is a chance for us to come together and recognize the diverse cultures that have
contributed to making B.C. the vibrant community it is today.
“We are proud of our status as Canada’s most ethnically diverse province. There are more than
200 First Nations in B.C., each with its own unique traditions and history. We recognize and
celebrate the diversity of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – who have
distinct rights, cultures and interests. According to the 2021 Census, approximately 35% of
people living in British Columbia identify as a visible minority.
“This diversity strengthens and enriches our society. Now more than ever, it is crucial for us to
do what we can to reinforce that message. Just last week, we announced funding to support
those who have been targeted by hate-motivated vandalism, as well as for a community-led
racist incident helpline. These supports are part of how we are taking action against hate in B.C.
“But we know that we can’t do this work alone. There are many people throughout our
province who are taking on racial inequity and fostering inter-cultural understanding – and we
want to support and recognize them. Through our website, you can apply to receive funding
from our Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants program. You can also nominate those doing
great work in your communities for a Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Award.
“We must continue to work together to make B.C. more inclusive for everyone, regardless of
their ethnicity, cultural background or religion. As a woman of colour living in B.C., I count
myself fortunate that I do not need to venture far from home to expand my horizons. From
literature and art, to food and festivals, a new perspective is always just around the corner –
and I am thankful for that.
“I hope you will join me in celebrating the cultural diversity in British Columbia by having a
wonderful Multiculturalism Week!