March 30, 2011
Attention: Mayors, Councillors & CAOs
Monday, April 11 has been proclaimed Hate Crime Awareness Day by the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee (AHCC). The day is designed to raise awareness of hate crimes and of the resources available to victims of hate crime.
Events marking Hate Crime Awareness Day have been planned in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, and Lethbridge. The new AHCC website will also be launched on this day (click here to view).
Hate crime is a “message crime” designed to strike fear into the heart of a community. These types of crimes marginalize human rights, erode multiculturalism, subjugate equality and are oppressive to society as a whole. Let’s be a national leader in our response to hate and together make Alberta a hate-free province.
In keeping with this year’s theme, Many Voices, Many Paths, Hate Crime Awareness Day is an opportunity for communities, governments and police to unite to send the message that hate crimes will not be tolerated. You are invited to mark this important day by organizing an event, discussion, or activity in your community. An activity guide has been designed to help you in planning your event. You can view this guide by clicking here.
If you would like additional information about Hate Crime Awareness Day and how you can work towards a more welcoming and inclusive community please contact Marc Colbourne. Also, please let Marc know if your community is planning an event in your municipality.
Senior Project Coordinator
Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Initiative is a partnership between the AUMA, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, and the human rights branch of Alberta Culture and Community Spirit.