Workshops on recognizing and reporting hate crimes

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The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), in collaboration with Statistics Canada, is launching a series of workshops on hate crimes in cities across Canada.

These two‑day workshops for law enforcement and communities are scheduled to take place in twelve cities across the country. On the first day, Statistics Canada will share information with local police on key topics such as hate crime identification, standardized police reporting through the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, and resources.

During the second day of the workshops, led by the CRRF, participants will have the opportunity to network with community organizations to address hate and engage in open dialogue with law enforcement. The workshops have been designed to support communities and prepare policing services in identifying hate crimes.

Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, stated: “Our government takes a stand against rising hate crimes. That’s why we are proud to support initiatives such as this first nationwide training series on hate crimes which will bring communities together and build bridges with law enforcement. This isn’t just about fighting hate; it’s about safeguarding our values and creating a future where every Canadian feels secure and respected. Workshop by workshop, we’re building a more resilient, inclusive, and fairer country for all.”

The initiative was also welcomed by Mohammed Hashim, CEO of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation: “The CRRF has been and continues to be actively engaged in preventing and addressing hate crimes in Canada. These workshops are an important extension of this work to understand the systemic challenges and gaps in addressing hate crimes and incidents in Canada, and connecting people with crucial, community‑informed tools and resources.”

“As Co‑chair of the Hate Crimes Task Force, the RCMP is proud to support the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Statistics Canada as they launch this important initiative”, said Alison Whelan, Hate Crimes Task Force Co‑Chair, Senior ADM, Reform, Accountability and Culture, RCMP. “The training workshops announced today will complement the work already underway by the Task Force to provide local and provincial policing partners with the tools, resources and training to better respond to hate crimes and incidents.”

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