Hate & racism

Updated: March 3, 2023

Vancouver B.C. – B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender, will release the final report of the Inquiry into hate in the pandemic on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at an in-person joint media and community event that is being livestreamed across the province from 10:00am to 11:30am PDT.  

Media are invited to register below to attend the event in-person or online. In advance of the release, media are invited to register to receive an embargoed copy of “From hate to hope: Report of the Inquiry into hate in the COVID-19 pandemic,” on the morning of March 6, 2023.  

On the morning of the report release, media are also invited to register to attend a technical briefing by Inquiry lawyers where they can ask technical questions from 9:30-10:00am either in person or through a zoom link to be provided to those who register. 

The report reflects the voices of thousands of people across B.C., documenting their experiences of hate during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

WHAT: Joint media and community event for the release of the final report of the Inquiry into hate in the pandemic. Media are invited to register to:
  • Receive an embargoed copy of the report in advance of release
  • Attend a technical briefing with Inquiry lawyers from 9:30–10:00am in-person or online
  • Attend the event in-person or online from 10:00–11:30am
WHEN: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 (PDT)
WHERE: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business Founders Hall, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., and online
REGISTER: To receive an embargoed copy of the report, attend the report release or pre-event technical briefing, click here

Note: The deadline to register to receive embargoed copies or attend the event is Friday, March 3, 2023 at 2:00pm PDT. When registering, please advise us of any accessibility needs or translation requirements you may have. We will work to accommodate you. Registration for the event will be accepted until 2:00pm on Monday, March 6. 

A note on the event question and answer portion

As we will be accepting questions from community and media both online and off at the main event, all participants will be asked to write their questions down during the event so that all questions can be treated the same. There will be an additional opportunity for media to interview the Commissioner on site directly after the event and additional requests can be sent to media@bchumanrights.ca.

About the report embargo

BCOHRC’s “From hate to hope” report is under strict embargo until Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 10:01 a.m. PDT, following the start of our event. When registering to attend the event, members of the media will be asked to confirm they will abide by our embargo before they are sent a copy of the submission via email. The submission is being provided in advance to members of the media due to its length, complexity and volume of statistics. 


Learn more about BCOHRC’s Inquiry into hate in the COVID-19 pandemic here: https://hateinquiry.bchumanrights.ca/



For questions about the upcoming announcement, please contact Charlotte Kingston, Director, Communications, at Charlotte.Kingston@bchumanrights.ca or 1-250-216-4534. For questions about registration, including technical support questions and accessibility and translation requests, please contact: engagement@bchumanrights.ca.

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BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner exists to address the root causes of inequality, discrimination and injustice in B.C. by shifting laws, policies, practices and cultures. We do this work through education, research, advocacy, inquiry and monitoring. Learn more at: bchumanrights.ca

About the Commissioner

B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender, started her five-year term on Sept. 3, 2019. Since then, our Office has been working swiftly to build a strong team, to listen deeply to the concerns of British Columbians, to deliver education materials on our rights and responsibilities, to issue policy guidance to protect marginalized communities and to lay a human rights-based foundation for our work. As an independent officer of the Legislature, the Commissioner is uniquely positioned to ensure human rights in B.C. are protected, respected and advanced on a systemic level throughout our society.

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