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Recommendation 8: Work with the federal government to ensure dental coverage for seniors with co-payments and deductibles based on income or include in an overall extended benefit plan.
Recommendation 23: Work with industry to ensure lower income families and youth have access to technology (both hardware and Internet access) so that they are able to apply for financial assistance, learning opportunities and access other supports.
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Recommendation 6: Work with First Nations to establish a complaints protocol(s) or process(s) to support continued learning amongst retailers and service providers, and a safe experience for status card users.
Recommendation 53: Together with post-secondary schools in BC, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training must develop a dedicated anti-racism action plan with concrete measures to protect People of African Descent and members of other racialized groups partaking in BC’s higher education. The plan must be based on genuine and broad multi-actor consultations. The process for the Ministry of Education’s K-12 anti-racism action plan as well as the content of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education can be sources of valuable insights.
Recommendation 46: To meet the Black-educator deficit in BC schools, the Province must design a credential recognition system that recognizes and allows qualified Black educators who have immigrated to BC to more easily practice their teaching in BC. A supplementary approach is to encourage and support opportunities for part-time teaching, talks and sessions for Black professionals including interested retirees. The education Ministries can maintain a list of willing participants.
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Recommendation 73: There is the need for an Anti-racism legislation that provides sustainable redress mechanisms for candidates of African Descent, at all levels of politics in BC, facing racism in the form of sabotaged campaigns through inequitable party funding allocations, exploitative tokenism practices, and lack of contextualized supports, including mental health support. To improve equity of such mechanisms, In developing these mechanisms, inputs from current and former candidates of African Descent themselves should be sought to best address exploitative practices of PAD candidates in terms of the constitution of their support team, messaging, media appearances etc.
Recommendation 15: The Public Service Agency should commit to hiring more employees of African descent. At the very minimum, it is imperative that a People of African Descent youth internship program be implemented before the end of the Decade to recruit future People of African Descent graduates and undergraduates in jobs showing high demands for qualified workers at all skills levels. The PSA should also commit to support and establish a People of African Descent Leadership program that will provide dedicated mentoring, coaching and career development services to employees of African descent in middle-management positions.
Recommendation 13: The PSA should be provided with adequate authority under the race-based data legislation to collect, analyze and publish periodic reports on the number of People of African Descent across the public service and their relative distribution in leadership and strategic positions.
Recommendation 21: The Province, through responsible ministries, should provide dedicated funding to establish scholarships and mentorship programs to attract more People of African Descent to BC’s healthcare industry as well as studies in health-related fields. It is crucial that admission barriers for Black students are replaced with a reflexive system of admissions and support that accounts for the structural challenges faced by Black and People of African Descent in BC.
Recommendation 69: The Province should work with financial institutions, municipalities, and People of African Descent community groups and housing experts to support the establishment of land trusts, social enterprise housing corporations, and rent-to-own units that will provide credible alternative approaches to house and land ownership, beyond conventional mortgage financing.
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