Surrey Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) Network
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Organization 

The Surrey Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) Network is one of 33 networks across B.C. funded through the Provincial Government. Initially, the OARH networks were established in smaller communities in B.C. In 2016 the networks were expanded to larger municipalities in Metro Vancouver, including Surrey. In Surrey, the OARH network is led by M.O.S.A.I.C. The Surrey OARH committee is comprised of community partners representing the City of Surrey, Surrey Libraries, PICS, SFU, Vancouver Foundation, Alex House, Surrey Interfaith Council, RCMP, and M.O.S.A.I.C. 

The issue of discrimination, racism and hate can become a barrier to successful integration for newcomers settling in Canada. Therefore, M.O.S.A.I.C. has taken on the role of leading the Surrey OARH Network and to provide a “backbone” for the work. This leadership is non-directive, but includes the provision of relevant data and other forms of technical support that can facilitate the Network to do its best thinking in relation to an anti-racism and hate protocol for Surrey, as well as providing relevant frameworks/approaches to support Network members to develop a common agenda for the work.

Mandate 

The mandate of community partners is to participate in OARH to develop community capacity and skills; foster community engagement; and build community sustainability plans to address racism and hate. The Surrey OARH, is interested in developing a protocol that assists the community to respond to racism and hate which encompasses all forms of discrimination and at-risk groups, including all the grounds stated in the Canadian Human Rights Act (e.g. sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, marital status, age, race/ethnicity, disability, political and religious belief).

For more information about the Surrey OARH contact MOSAIC at info@mosaicbc.org or 604-254-9626.