At a recent DVBIA Board of Directors meeting, the following policy was approved:
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association recognizes that racism and violence against Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and other minority groups have been and continues to be part of Canadian society.
We recognize that this is a pervasive daily experience for many people in our country, our province, our city and our district.
The DVBIA Board of Directors, Staff and Members are committed to working with our community partners to strengthen actions to support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and those who identify as part of other minority groups.
By committing to take action to enhance diversity across all aspects of our programming, the DVBIA will join other local organizations in taking action to be part of the solution. We have partnered with several talented BIPOC artists, musicians, and makers who have been gracious enough to share their talents with the community in downtown’s public spaces, and we have much more planned for the coming months.
Be sure to check out a recently-completed street mural by Coast Salish artist Atheana Picha at the new Bute-Alberni pop-up plaza, and watch for programming from Hogan’s Alley Society in Lot 19 on September 10 (more information here).
This policy is only the beginning of our anti-racism journey as we focus on educating ourselves and others while committing to collaborating with community partners to do better and ensure a safe and welcoming community for all.