End Racism and Hate: Your Right. Your Responsibility.
Since September 2020, the Whistler Multicultural Society has been funded as a spoke in the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network providing information, updates and access to training, resources, and workshops.
November Anti-Racism Community Engagement
Anti-Racism Legislation Engagement
On September 20th and 26th 2023 we met with 15 people across two meetings to discuss the kinds of programs and legislation the community wants to see from the Government of B.C. and the Whistler Multicultural Society. Nine different questions were posed to the groups to gain a better understanding of the support needed by the community and how current legislation and programs are impacting racial groups. A full report has now been submitted to the provincial government.
Key recommendations outlined in the report:
Validate the experiences of equity seeking people and acknowledge the systemic racial issues within Whistler
Change the narrative about who makes up the Whistler community
Increase governmental and social resources to support those experiencing racism and make them more accessible through the use of comprehensible language and ease of access
In 2022, the Whistler Multicultural Society conducted a study on Racism, Bias and Discrimination in the Sea to Sky corridor. The goal of the study was to understand if and how racism and discrimination are experienced within our local communities.
A survey was distributed primarily online through a variety of social media channels. The results of the study intend to inform the creation of a protocol that will outline best practices for local service providers to respond to incidents of racism.
Key findings show that:
Most participants who identified as racialized (self identifying as Indigenous, black or African descent, biracial, person of color or other) have experienced some form of racism while residing in the Sea to Sky corridor
Of those who have, there is marked reluctance to report incidents
There is no one clear place/person that individuals would feel most comfortable reporting racism and discrimination to
Anti-racism training is seen as important to create a successful reporting environment
Click here for full results and analysis.
"It is important for all members of the community to feel valued and safe. More education should be done to address this issue. My experiences of racism has been in my workplace with comments or gestures that are done from silliness and ignorance"
We asked participants:
Have you experienced racism in the time you've lived here?
Resilience Whistler monthly newsletter
Each month our Resilience Whistler newsletter brings information, updates, and access to training, workshops and other materials and resources to grow your interracial competence and understanding. Check out the links below to previous editions. As part of our work with Resilience BC, WMS maintains a summary of anti-racism education, resources, and materials that we have found useful; check it out at Resources.