Have Your Say! BC Muslim Community Consultation Event for Anti-Racism Legislation
MLA Rachna Singh - The BC Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism and the B.C. Government have asked the BCMA to provide community feedback on upcoming provincial anti-racism legislation.
You must register in advance for this meeting:
The BCMA is hosting a membership wide consultation zoom event on December 12th from 5:00 - 6:30PM PST to consult with our community on the upcoming legislation and share your feedback with the government - this is our way as Muslims to help inform the legislation.
The BC government is committed to tackling systemic racism in public sector policies, programs, and services. Data is needed to better understand how Government policies, programs and services have an impact on Muslims, Indigenous, Black/People of African descent and other racialized or religious communities.
Members of Muslim, Black/People of African descent, Indigenous and racialized or religious communities have advocated for race-based data collection in support of this goal. The B.C. Government will introduce legislation next year (2022) on race-based data collection.
Race-based data collection is about better identifying where gaps and barriers exist for Black/People of African descent, Indigenous and other racialized or religious communities, so Government can provide better services and ensure that services are delivered equitably.
The anonymous information collected in this engagement will inform how Government gathers and uses race-based data in the future. This engagement has four goals:
1. To invite you to share perspectives on different ways to categorize race, ethnicity, ancestry, and faith. This will help Government understand how people in B.C. prefer to identify or represent themselves before we start collecting race-based data.
2. To invite you to share perspectives on how you would want to provide this information to Government. This will help us understand people’s comfort levels with race-based data collection in different situations.
3. To invite you to share perspectives on how the information should be accessed and used so that Government can work towards racial equity in priority areas.
4. To invite you to share perspectives on which Government services have the most inequities and require the greatest need for change.