Our Mission is to create and sustain a regional network that will promote unity in diversity among the citizens of the East Kootenays connected to the citizen of the world whose vision is to foster and be a part of an all-embracing global society.
The Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program was initially established to help small communities collaboratively find ways to address incidents of racism and hate crime.
In 2016, the OARH program was expanded to include four new urban communities – Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Burnaby. There are 32 communities listed as OARH members in British Columbia and all have:
An established community partnership of organizations or individuals that actively develop community capacity and skills; foster community engagement; and build community sustainability plans to address racism and hate.
Have an agreed protocol on how to respond to an incident of racism in their community.
Provide an annual summary of incidents of racism observed/reported in their community.