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B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner Conducts an Inquiry into Hate during the Pandemic
Posted on March 3, 2022
Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a tough and challenging time for British Columbians. Along with the pandemic, a growing number of British Columbians have been victims or witnessed incidents of hate and racism during the pandemic. The BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) believes it is time to take action.
Statistics Canada shows that in the first year of the pandemic, British Columbia reported one of the greatest increases in police-reported hate crimes targeted towards racialized people. BCOHRC recognizes that hate is deeply rooted in history and believes that it is critical to gain a better understanding of this increasing trend, so in August of 2021 they launched an inquiry and are seeking your input.
In keeping with the Inquiry’s guiding principles, “being accessible, inclusive, and fair”, an online survey was launched. It is available in fifteen languages and is centred on people with lived experiences of injustice based on their intersecting characteristics like race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. The BCOHRC takes a decolonizing approach to this Inquiry, ensuring a safe and trauma-informed process for the participants. This anonymous, confidential survey will remain open until Sunday, March 6th.
At the close of the Inquiry, the Commissioner will release a final report with recommendations for the B.C. Government to address, prevent and manage incidences of hate during times of upheaval now, during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.
“We are not powerless in the face of hate. Your participation in this Inquiry survey will directly inform the recommendations that I make to the B.C. Legislature about how to respond to and prevent future incidents of hate. Together we will stand against hate.”
— B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender
Your stories matter. Your experiences are valued. Take a stand and be heard!
To participate in the Inquiry access link HERE.