Documenting Hate Incidents in Alberta

Why the STOPHATEAB.ca website?

Given the recent attention to hate-related incidents in Alberta, there is a significant need to document these incidents. The purpose of the #STOPHATEAB website is to fill this gap and create a space to document. Using our online form, users can document hate incidents, and can help build our map of documented hate incidents.

Information generated from the #STOPHATEAB website will support the outreach and education initiatives of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee.

IMPORTANT: If you have been a victim of a HATE CRIME please report this to your local police department.

Hate Crime vs. Hate Incident, What’s the difference?

According to the Canadian Criminal Code, a HATE CRIME is defined as a crime motivated by hate, based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor.

Only three sections of the Canadian criminal code specifically deal with hate crime: s. 318, s. 319. And s. 430. All hate crimes should be reported to the police.

A ​hate incident​ is a ​non-criminal​ action committed against a person or property, the motive for which is based in whole or in part upon the same characteristics mentioned above. Because they are non-criminal in nature, police are limited in their ability to be involved.

Hate incidents often go undocumented. The #STOPHATEAB website provides a place where these incidents can be captured. By making this information accessible, communities can be greater aware and informed about the impact of hate on communities in Alberta.

Reported Hate Incidents - February 2017 to Dec 2022

Overall Reports 978
Omitted Reports 523
Validated total 455

To learn more about the Alberta Hate Crime committee, or to request a training workshop, please visit: http://www.albertahatecrimes.org/

Support for this website provided by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund.

Data analysis for StopHateAB is supported through MacEwan University’s Office of Human Rights, Diversity, and Equity.  To learn more about their programs, visit MacEwan.ca/HumanRights

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