Chad Pawson, CBC, September 25, 2023
City officials in Metro Vancouver have described signs advertising a “whites-only” social group for mothers and children as “vile garbage.”
On Sunday, social media posts about the “Whites-only Moms and Tots” group meant for families of European descent began popping up on Instagram and X, formerly known as Twitter, with many condemning the posters as racist.
CBC News located some of the signs, which had been partially removed, at the Coquitlam Centre, a shopping mall in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam, B.C.
Officials with the neighbouring City of Port Coquitlam said they had been alerted to the posters over the weekend and directed bylaw officers to search for them and remove them.
The signs advertise a play group for mothers and children to “join other proud parents of European children as we create an atmosphere in which our kids feel like they belong.”
Contact information at the bottom of the posters refers to the group as “White Tri-Cities Parents and Tots.” The Tri-Cities refers to the Metro Vancouver municipalities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
The City of Coquitlam said in a release that the notices are racist because they “explicitly exclude” certain groups based on their race, and they have no place in the city.
“Coquitlam celebrates its rich diversity and we firmly believe that it is through the embrace of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences that we grow stronger as a community,” it said.