Unpacking Hate Crime: Hate, Bias, and Community Expectations


Location: Multi-Purpose Room 4, Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre


This workshop will focus on the distinction between hate crimes and hate incidents in Canada. 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.

Through this workshop, participants will explore:

  • The distinction between hate incidents and hate crimes
  • Hate Crime legislation in Canada
  • Challenges in addressing hate crimes and incidents
  • Bias Awareness indicators
  • Community responses to hate

This will be a very interactive workshop. Participants will be encouraged to contribute in active dialogue and discussion.

About the Facilitator:

Irfan Chaudhry has led many projects to build community safety and reduce discrimination in the city. He has worked on a number of anti-racism projects such as the Twitter Racism project and Racism Free Edmonton. Irfan has also been involved with a number of initiatives analyzing hate crimes in Edmonton and works closely with different stakeholders to build bridges between Edmonton's diverse communities and the police. He is the director for the Office of Human Rights, Diversity, and Equity at MacEwan University, where he also teaches criminology.  He developed the “hate incident” mapping project with the Alberta Hate Crimes committee and has published a number of academic articles on the topic of racism, discrimination, and social media. 

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