Following rise in racist incidents, B.C. selects provincial hub to help communities

May 6, 2020

By Global News |

The B.C. government says following a rise in racist incidents targeting Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has selected a provincial hub to help communities address “hate activity.”

The province has selected the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) to take on systemic and institutionalized racism throughout the province.

“It is very concerning that we are seeing an increase in racially motivated attacks toward people of Asian heritage since the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Citizens’ Services and responsible for Multiculturalism.

“These incidents are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We are acting now to address racism at the community level and ensure all British Columbians are free from discrimination and intimidation.

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