EVA BC is committed to the work of anti-racism, including anti-Indigenous racism. Over the past few months, we have had a variety of internal discussions with staff and our board, and have taken a variety of positive steps with respect to our dedication to anti-racism work. Recognizing this work is a long-term commitment, we would like to share four key updates:
New Associate Executive Director
We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Ninu Kang as Associate Executive Director (view bio). Ninu brings a 27-year background as a leader in the world of anti-racism and anti-violence education and training. Additionally, she is one of the most recognizable faces in Canada when it comes to issues relating to refugee resettlement and advocating for women’s rights. Ninu has held numerous volunteer leadership roles in her career including as Board President at both the Women’s Research Centre and at Battered Women’s Support Services, and Chair of the Surrey Organizing Against Racism and Hate Network. She has also co-chaired the Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC.
Working with Anti-racism Consultants
We have contracted with one of BC’s top anti-racism consultants who specializes in building respectful and inclusive organizations. They will help EVA BC move forward with an assessment phase and then will assist with policy, protocols and practices for inclusion.
Working with Indigenous Leaders
We are working with Indigenous women leaders to lead and evaluate the $10 Million dollar fund related to services for Indigenous sexual assault survivors throughout BC. These leaders will be working with EVA BC staff and consultants who have formed a powerful, diverse team that will ensure funds begin to flow for sexual assault services in BC.
Updated Policies & Training
We have updated all of our personnel policies to both modernize our HR and also to ensure all staff have access to the policies that govern our organization. Additionally, we have supported all staff requests for access to training related to decolonizing practice.