REACH Edmonton

A new, interactive workshop aimed at unpacking the complexities of hate crimes will be offered by REACH Edmonton this fall.

As stories about intolerance are appearing more frequently in the news and on social media, the aim of this session is to put these incidents into context from the perspective of the law, policing and community response. 

This workshop will explain the difference between hate crimes and hate incidents in Canada.

“I am hoping that participants will have a better understanding about hate crimes and hate incidents, as well as appreciate the challenges involved when trying to address hate through legislation,” said Irfan Chaudhry, a criminology lecturer at Grant MacEwan University, who will be facilitating the course.

While both hate crimes and incidents impact the community, police services are limited in their involvement with hate incidents, due to their non-criminal nature. This often creates confusion, mistrust and feelings of resentment between communities impacted by hate and the police. 

“It is important to discuss this issue from a community perspective, as it will encourage ideas on how we as a collective can address hate without always relying on laws and legislation to remedy the situation.”

The workshop will be held Tuesday, October 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre.

For more information, or to register, click here