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Harnessing BC’s Demographic Survey for a Thriving, Diverse Province
Harnessing BC’s Demographic Survey for a Thriving, Diverse Province

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BC Government launches #BCDemographicsurvey. A very important data-driven systems change is on the horizon. It was an honour to be invited officially to the occasion.

I acknowledge the British Columbia Demographic Survey project’s vital role in delineating the province’s rich cultural mosaic. Despite a few shortcomings, this initiative presents opportunities for us to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity.

While broad, the survey’s categorical representation of ethno-racial groups requires refinement. To fully utilize the diversity, we recommend the introduction of sub-categories within the ‘BIPOC’ classification. This would provide a platform to better understand specific experiences and challenges, enhancing policymaking and support mechanisms targeted at individual communities.

Language accessibility is a concern. To ensure equitable participation, the survey should incorporate multilingual resources and interpreters. This way, we can ensure all residents, irrespective of their English proficiency, are accounted for, further validating the survey’s findings. I know that this is already being implemented.

Lastly, the project should emphasize transparency around data usage. Public forums should discuss the data’s role in forming public policy. Concrete steps for data protection must be outlined to assuage any apprehensions about misuse or breaches.

Moreover, the data can be used to identify and rectify gaps in opportunities, resource allocation, and community support. We can build more inclusive and equitable public policies by leveraging this information, ensuring each resident thrives.

The Demographic Survey project is a step forward, but we must fine-tune its implementation. The Kingdom Acts Foundation remains committed to collaborating with the government in realizing a genuinely representative survey, shaping a diverse and inclusive future for all in British Columbia.

Everyone living in B.C. is encouraged to take the BC Demographic Survey to help identify systemic racism in government services.

The survey is online and available in 15 languages at: https://lnkd.in/dfHeggKC

People without access to a computer or smartphone can take the survey by calling toll-free: 1 833 376-2452

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