I am writing on behalf of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society to express solidarity with communities of colour in BC and around the world who have long suffered under systemic injustice within our societies, as well as those individuals who have been victimized during the COVID 19 pandemic.
A key role of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society has been to advocate for equality and inclusion while providing a platform for Asian communities to be seen and heard. Our efforts are constantly led by our desire to promote culture, diversity, and education, and we remain committed to fair and equitable treatment and representation for all peoples in our communities. Right now we are all part of a moment in history that has the potential to reshape our culture and communities for the better, and it can be challenging for each of us to know how to be an ally of this positive change. For VAHMS, it is a moment for listening, learning, supporting, and amplifying voices from communities of colour, and we would like to invite you to learn with us. Here is a list and organizations that are providing important leadership and resources, that need your support.
Leticia Sanchez, President
Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
Native Women’s Association of Canada
Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, BC
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Anti-racism resources via Alyssa Klein
Canadian Heritage Anti Racism Strategy