September 23rd Anti-Racism Legislation Community Engagement Kelowna - 2023

We hope this message finds you safe and well. We are excited to extend an invitation to you and your valued community members to participate in an important event aimed at fostering anti-racism dialogue, understanding, and collaboration within our community. I have attached the questions that will be discussed at the Community Engagement for your information. Please share widely with your network. 

Event Details:

Title: Anti-Racism Legislation Community Engagement 

Date: September 23, Saturday

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm, lunch will be provided.  

Location: Downtown Library, the Great Room on the 2nd floor.

              1380 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A2

Registration: please email to RSVP


Event goal:

The purpose of the engagement sessions is also bring together those that have experienced racial discrimination, cultural groups, community partners, and individuals who are dedicated to combating discrimination and promoting unity within the Central Okanagan. The focal points of this conversation will be the British Columbia Anti-Racism Legislation and to provide a space for connection and community engagement. We believe that your insights, experiences, and perspectives are invaluable in shaping a more inclusive and equitable society.

Background info: 

We have heard from many racialized communities and intersectional groups that their unique needs are not being met by the Provincial government’s programs, services, and policies. The Province was able to pass the Anti-Racism Data Act (ARDA) last June, allowing government to safely collect race-based data through the BC Demographic Survey. This data will be used to help identify where people are not getting equitable access to government services so that the Province can make them more accessible and inclusive. The Province is currently working on developing a broader anti-racism legislation that will enable and ensure ongoing and meaningful engagement with racialized communities and intersectional groups. Your involvement is equally important in shaping this legislation. 

UAD would like to invite your group to participate in an engagement session. This new legislation, to be introduced in 2024, will hold government accountable to address systemic racism uncovered through our data collection, and to provide supports for those who have been negatively impacted.

The agenda for the event includes:

  1. Land Acknowledgement
  2. Discussions with facilitators on anti-discrimination efforts and the impact of the British Columbia Anti-Racism Legislation.
  3. Open-floor discussions where attendees can share personal experiences, insights, and ideas.