The Burnaby Together Coalition is part of the provincial government’s Organizations Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program, which was established in 2004. The program was designed as a community driven initiative and primarily focused on regions outside the Lower Mainland. The intent was to empower communities and organizations to maintain partnerships and develop projects to promote multiculturalism, address racism and build inclusive communities. In 2016, the provincial government expanded the program to urban areas and at this time there are 33 communities involved.
The Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table (BIPT), which is Burnaby’s Local Immigration Partnership, unanimously appointed Burnaby Family Life (BFL) as the lead agency for this initiative. The Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table and Burnaby Community Partners have been working collaboratively since 2007 to make Burnaby a welcoming and inclusive community for all. Organizations members attending the meeting on January 5, 2017 agreed to become members of The Burnaby OARH table, now known as Burnaby Together.
Burnaby Together – Coalition Against Racism and Hate’s vision is for a city where all community members are welcomed, valued and respected.
The goals are:
- To ensure that the Burnaby community has an increased knowledge and understanding of what comprises racism and hate crimes and have established a supportive and collaborative response.
- To ensure Burnaby communities are mobilized to implement racism and hate protocols; and engage community members and community stakeholders in dialogues and consultations by increasing awareness through anti-racism education opportunities.
Burnaby Together values are:
Burnaby Together conducts its work and initiatives with compassion for the settlement and integration challenges faced by new immigrant and refugees and longer term residents.
Members and the agencies they represent are committed to working together to achieve the goals established by the Coalition.
Decisions will be reached by the group as a whole and will be made in the best interests for all stakeholders of Burnaby Together-Coalition Against Racism and Hate.
Members are committed to the purpose and goals of the Coalition and regular attendance and participation.
The Coalition is led by representatives of prominent community organizations, agencies and institutions in Burnaby. Members are non-partisan and committed to attending meetings and contributing to the work of the Coalition. Members will be identified and selected through endorsement by the Coalition membership.
The members are comprised of representatives from Burnaby Board of Trade, Burnaby Community services, Burnaby Family Life, Burnaby Public Library, Burnaby RCMP, Burnaby School District (SWIS), City of Burnaby, Douglas College, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Vancity South Burnaby, Simon Fraser University.