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Racism conversation in Naramata

In the aftermath of what some described as a painful act of racism in Naramata last summer, the Centre at Naramata is holding a discussion on the subject.

A Community Conversation: Responding to Racism & Exploring Our Values, is slated for Wednesday evening at the centre.

The conversation will serve as an opportunity to discuss what racism is and how it impacts people, responses to racism and the markers of a safe and welcoming community.

In addition to the centre, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services will share input at the gathering.

On July 8, 2012, police received a report of racist graffiti spray painted at several locations on and around the centre.

The act was linked to the Harambee Summer Festival, held for several years at the centre. The festival provides support to families raising children of African heritage.

Four women were subsequently arrested and charged.

The conversation will be at 7:30 p.m. in the McLaren Hall lobby, 3375 3rd St.

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