Tri-Cities Together: Coalition Against Racism & Hate

Tri-Cities Together is a network of community stakeholders committed to building inclusive communities where residents have an increased sense of belonging and safety through collaboration and capacity building.

Our Goals

  • The Tri-Cities communities have an increased knowledge and understanding of what comprises racism and hate, and have established a supportive and collaborative response to incidents
  • The Tri-Cities communities are ready to implement anti-racism protocols
  • The Tri-Cities community members are aware of dialogues and anti-racism education opportunities

Our Members

Tri-Cities Together invites representatives from community groups and organizations from a wide range of sectors that support diversity and inclusion initiatives within their mandates. Groups and organizations participating include:

  • Baha’i Faith
  • BC Farhangian Educators’ Association
  • City of Coquitlam
  • City of Port Coquitlam
  • Communities Embracing Restorative Action Society (CERA)
  • Coquitlam Continuing Education
  • Coquitlam Men’s Shed
  • Coquitlam Public Library
  • Coquitlam RCMP
  • Douglas College
  • First Nations’ Health Authority
  • Fraser Health
  • Humanity4Syrians
  • ISSofBC
  • Kin-sight
  • MOSAIC
  • Pathways to Leadership for Immigrant Women
  • Port Moody Police
  • SHARE Family & Community Services Society
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Spirit of the Children Society
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Transit Police
  • Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees Society
  • Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group
  • Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership Immigrant Advisory Table
  • Tri-Cities Seniors’ Planning Network
  • Vancity Credit Union
  • Youth Leadership Society of BC

If your organization or community group would like to join Tri-Cities Together, please contact Abigail.cameron@success.bc.ca.

Background

Tri-Cities Together is part of the provincial government’s Organizing against Racism & Hate (OARH) program, which was established in 2001. 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 in 2018, the Tri-Cities were identified to participate in the OARH program. There are currently 36 communities listed as OARH members in BC. For more information on OARH program, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/multiculturalism-anti-racism/anti-racism/oarh

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. holds the contract for the Tri-Cities OARH, which is delivered as part of the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP). TCLIP is a network of community stakeholders across various sectors that aims to build inclusive and welcoming communities to support immigrant integration in the local community. The initiatives under the Tri-Cities Together fits within the TCLIP’s Social Inclusion strategic priority. For more information on TCLIP, please visit https://tricitieslip.ca/whoweare/what-is-the-tri-cities-lip-tclip/

Past Activities

In 2017/2018, Tri-Cities Together focused on identifying and convening community stakeholders in order to identify our goals and priorities and to discuss the community protocols.

In 2018/2019, Tri-Cities Together supported planned initiatives around social inclusion, such as the Welcoming Neighbourhoods forum and public campaign on the characteristics and importance of welcoming communities. The Network also collaborated with City of PoCo in their Kindness Counts Breakfast initiative to engage youth around the topics of inclusion, anti-bullying and anti-racism.