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B.C. immigrant organization hopes racism mapping tool will prompt change

February 7, 2022

By Langley News |

A new tool aims to help create and advance anti-racism policies and initiatives in Surrey and beyond by charting racist incidents out on a map.

The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership is asking anyone who’s been a victim or witness to racist incidents to report it anonymously through RAMP, a Racism Mapping Project.

Surrey LIP is holding an online workshop on Feb. 5 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., to explain how to use the new racism-charting map.

An event posting says the data map was created, in partnership with PeaceGeeks, to “plot such incidents across the City of Surrey in order to chart the types of hate events that have occurred and the people they have been directed at.”

The tool allows for a general report, incident reporting for yourself and incident reporting for others.

“The launch of this community map is intended to address our firm conviction that in Canada, racism against Indigenous peoples, newcomers, and immigrants is a norm and needs to be proactively addressed,” the post adds.

Surrey LIP co-chair Neelam Sahota, who is also CEO of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, said the project has been in the works for several years after hearing anecdotal evidence from social service organizations and surveys in the community.

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