Racism and hate have no place in Richmond

31 March 2021

“Racial and discriminatory actions have no place in Richmond, and they have no place in our society.” This is the message of Richmond City Council’s Statement Against Racism and Violence released in May 2020.

“The City of Richmond does not tolerate hateful nor racially motivated behaviour,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We acknowledge such attitudes unfortunately exist and are in direct contradiction to the spirit of inclusion we uphold. We must stand together to address and condemn all forms of discrimination and racism.”

The City of Richmond has been working diligently over the years to deliver programs and initiatives to build meaningful bridges amongst cultures and reduce barriers to participation. By bringing people together in dialogue, arts and cultural programming and holding inclusive consultations, the City is committed to fostering an inclusive community—one where everyone feels safe and respected.

Richmond’s Cultural Harmony Plan (2019-2029) directs the City’s response to promote and enhance cultural harmony among Richmond’s diverse population through a vision, strategic directions and recommended actions. The City continues to advance the actions in the plan, which includes addressing racism and discrimination. In addition, the City’s Intercultural Advisory Committee, formed in 2002, advises Council on intercultural matters, including anti-racism initiatives.

“Council supports the RCMP’s focus on addressing hate crimes and building public awareness,” said Brodie. “Please do not hesitate to call the RCMP if you experience or witness racially- or hate-motivated actions.

If you’ve been the victim of a racially motivated incident, or have witnessed one, seek help and call the police.

  • Call 9-1-1 for an act in progress.
  • If it is not an emergency, call the Richmond RCMP non-emergency line at 604-278-1212
  • If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca.