Part of South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services’ (SOICS) mission to build more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable communities is to address racism, discrimination and hate through anti-racism initiatives.
Through the anti-racism Respect Network, SOICS provides support and resources to individuals experiencing racism in our communities by documenting incidents of racism and hate using the online reporting portal, providing educational sessions and resources to community partners and individuals, and engaging the community in meaningful dialogues.
We understand that racism can be difficult to talk about. It is necessary to recognize and address the presence of racism in our communities, to learn about and celebrate the diversity of our region.
In response to the rise of race and gender-based violence in recent years, SOICS released the following statement renewing our commitment to inclusive communities based on mutual respect and full participation of all people.