DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The South Peace Art Society is receiving $10,000 from the province’s Multiculturalism Grants program to address anti-Asian racism.

The funds will be used to support the society’s Northern Mosaic Multiculturalism Program, which promotes black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) membership at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. It also identifies the communities underserved by cultural institutions in the Peace Region.

B.C announced funding for over 190 projects across the province Thursday to address racism and discrimination and build intercultural trust and understanding.

“Racism is pervasive, and it reaches into every corner of our province. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made the situation worse,” said Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives.

“These grants will not only help organizations across the province to address systemic racism, but also provide learning opportunities to foster better understanding and encourage intercultural conversation in B.C. communities.”

The program was increased to more than $1.2 million over the past year to support more anti-racism initiatives. Priority for these recent grants was given to projects addressing anti-Indigenous, anti-Asian and anti-Black racism.