Richmond RCMP is joining more than 30 other community partners in the 14th Annual Doors Open Richmond event, which started this week.
Hosted by the Richmond Museum, this year’s event will be held online from June 5 to 12 and features a behind-the-scenes look at community organizations.
During the week-long virtual event, new videos and behind-the-scenes footage from each of the 30 participants will be featured on the Richmond Museum website and social media channels.
The annual event celebrates cultural diversity and raises civic awareness by offering a look inside places of worship, cultural and civic centers, local businesses, museums and heritage sites.
During this year’s Doors Open Richmond virtual event, officers from Richmond RCMP’s Diversity & Inclusion Unit will be highlighting the detachment’s Safe Place program.
The program, according to the RCMP, “offers shelter and safety for victims of crime and for those who are feeling unsafe.
“By placing a decal in their window, participating businesses and organizations clearly identify the premise as a safe haven — a place where everyone will be welcomed, where they can call police, and where they can wait until officers arrive.”
The decal, added the RCMP, also “clearly identifies the premises as a safe haven and ally for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.”
Here are seven new sites to explore this year as part of Doors Open Richmond:
Anar Persian Cuisine
Anar Persian cuisine is a family-run restaurant that serves traditional Persian cuisine. Watch how Persian dishes are prepared and learn about special ingredients and dishes used in traditional Persian cooking.
Connections Community Services, Indigenous Led Outreach and Support Program
A non-profit supporting the diverse needs of children, youth and families. Learn about the sacred smudging ceremony traditionally performed by Indigenous Peoples across North America. There are two special plants that are referred to as medicines and often used in the smudging ceremony as well.
Richmond Chinese Community Society
A non-profit organization promoting the spirit of community services amongst those with a Chinese ethnic background. The society will show what they do to promote various activities such as the Mid-Autumn and Asian Heritage festivals.
Fairchild Radio AM 1470 and FM 961
Take a virtual tour of a local radio station inside Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre and how a live radio program is produced and aired.
Fairchild Television and Talentvision
The television site offers a virtual introduction of their work and how their station is like behind the camera.
Steveston Harbour Authority
Check out how fish sale floats are managed and how the Steveston Harbour Authority operates and maintains the facility as a commercial fishing harbour.
City of Richmond Roads/Panning
When new roads get built, they need new names. The City of Richmond’s property records clerk Kathy Tong will explain how the city street naming process works and how residents can also get involved.
A full listing of Doors Open 2021 activities can be found on the event’s website here.