What we’re doing

Our Office is committed to reducing the presence of hate in our society. Recent incidents of racism and violence across B.C. during the COVID-19 pandemic are deeply disturbing. These violent acts are rooted in ignorance and discrimination against marginalized communities, specifically Asian, Indigenous and Black communities. B.C. is experiencing dramatic increases in hate associated police files, in addition to the many acts of violence that are not reported.

Responding to the rise of racist
violence during COVID-19

Over the last several months, the Commissioner and our Education and Engagement team have been meeting extensively with community organizations responding to incidents of hate and racism. The Commissioner has given more than 25 public addresses over the past year, in addition to numerous town halls, roundtables and virtual events, the majority touching on issues of hate crimes and racist violence. Several public talks focused exclusively on the issue of hate crimes, notably Commissioner Govender’s presentation at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in September 2019 on “Hate in the Digital Age,” as well as her speech at the Vancouver Forum Against Racism and Hate hosted by the Organizing Against Hate and Racism Network in March.

What we know

69%

of trans and non-binary people in B.C. have experienced verbal harassment

(source)

15%

of people in B.C. believe hate crimes have increased since the pandemic began,

the highest percentage in any province. (source)

255

hate crimes were reported to the police in B.C. in 2017,

an increase of 55 per cent from two years earlier. (source)

1 in 5

participants in a study on the rise in anti-Asian racism in B.C. reported incidents of assault

(source)


Report hate crimes and human rights violations

There are two official avenues available for people who face incidents of racism and racist violence. The first is that you can report these incidents to the police. Reporting incidents is part of the criminal process of responding to hate crimes. Here is more information about how to report a hate crime to the RCMP Hate Crimes Unit.

There is also a human rights approach to dealing with hate speech and discrimination. Under the BC Human Rights Code, you can file a complaint through the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Here is more information about how to file a complaint through the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

Share your support online

Follow us @humanrights4bc and use the hashtag #humanrights4BC to point us towards resources for anti-racism action and reflection.