Great B.C. Anti-Racism Roadshow - Lillooet B.C.
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About the Event
In order to support the dismantling of systemic racism and support the development of resilient multicultural communities, from July 29-31, Foundation for a Path Forward is bringing together stakeholders in Lillooet, B.C. from First Nations, faith and BIPOC communities, Anti-Racism Networks, all levels of government, businesses, and members of the public across B.C.
The Great B.C. Anti-Racism Roadshow is hosted by the Official Faith Based Community Convener for the Province of B.C. - Foundation for a Path Forward. We create safe spaces in cafes and other public spaces for people from diverse backgrounds to meet one another on a human level. Abundance Bakery in Lillooet, has graciously agreed to host the Anti-Racism Happy Hour. It is an ideal venue for a coffee house conversation.
We will be convening with representatives from the St'át'imc and Lil'wat First Nations as well as representatives from the Lillooet District and Town Council to listen and understand the unique circumstances on the ground, including in relation anti-racism, community integration, and Climate Change.
Lillooet is also home to three Japanese Internment Camps Canada constructed during World War 2. Thousands of Japanese-Canadian citizens were forcibly held at those camps, many facing abuse and assault. We will be visiting the Miyazaki House cultural and historical centre as well as the sites of internment camps.
In our role as Faith Community Convener for B.C. we will be meeting with representatives from First Nations, Christian, Bahai, and other faiths living in the region. The goal of which is to support local relationships, connect local communities with provincial networks, and understand the realities of faith communities in Lillooet first hand.
Additionally, in order to bring awareness to the importance of Climate Change and how Environmental Racism disproportionately affects BIPOC communities, we will be meeting with local conservation and environmental organizations to explore the Old Growth forests, natural landscape, and regional challenges faced by the people of Lillooet, including susceptibility to wildfires due to environmental abuse.