The Alberta Hate Crimes Committee (AHCC) is a collaboration of government, law enforcement, and community partners who work together to raise awareness and education related to hate crimes and incidents in Alberta.

About the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee

Our History

In 2001, shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City, Alberta-based representatives from the justice sector, government, law enforcement and community organizations concerned with hate and bias motivated violence formed the Alberta Hate Bias Crimes and Incidents Committee, which would later become the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee.

The initial aim of the committee was to develop a province-wide framework to encourage a collaborative, integrated approach between police, the courts, and the community in preventing and responding to hate and bias motivated crime and incidents as well as enforcing hate crime laws. Today, the vision of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee is to ensure that all Albertans are living in a safe, caring, and respectful community where crimes and incidents of hate are not acceptable values of a democratic and pluralistic society.

Committee membership includes key policing, community, university, non-profit, and government partners knowledgeable in the delivery of hate/bias crimes and incidents, prevention, education and response.

Our Goals and Objectives

Promote awareness about issues related to hate crimes and incidents by:

  • Supporting collaborative and cooperative development of awareness initiatives that are relevant and responsive to community needs

  • Developing educational materials and resources by advocating for shared and consistent education and training for services providers and community members

  • Supporting law enforcement, government and community partnerships that bring attention to the negative impact of hate activities on community life

Addressing the needs of victims of crime and incidents motivated by hate by:

  • Advocating for increased support to victims of hate motivated activities

  • Encouraging the development of support mechanisms that promote the safety of victims and facilitate their active involvement in the criminal justice process

Enhancing government and community responses to hate crimes/incidents by:

  • Sustaining commitment to comprehensive dialogue regarding response models that address the challenges associated with diverse communities responding to hate motivated crimes

  • Enabling Albertans to contribute to solutions through dialogue, problem solving and community action

  • Reducing gaps and avoiding duplication of services by encouraging coordination and collaboration within the borader community, amongst service delivery providers, police services and government departments

  • Providing counsel to policy makers, service providers, educators, media and community advocates

  • Advocating for consistent, standardized data collection and the communication of emerging trends, issues, and concerns withing agencies and their constituencies

Our Vision

In 2001, shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City, Alberta-based representatives from the justice sector, government, law enforcement and community organizations concerned with hate and bias motivated violence formed the Alberta Hate Bias Crimes and Incidents Committee, which would later become the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee.

Our Principles

Inclusive

 

Members of communities in Alberta have meaningful opportunities to participate actively in the development and implementation of AHCC initiatives. Strategies are in place to ensure that youth and members of targeted groups have equitable opportunity to participate.

Transparent

 

Interested stakeholders have ease of access to information.

Results-oriented

 

Innovative, practical and measurable strategies and actions are supported.

Responsive

 

People with expertise in various areas pertaining to hate are consulted throughout the development and implementation of any initiatives to ensure they meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Innovative

 

Outcomes addressing hate/bias crime and incidents are improved by initiatives that recognize and model best practices.

Collaborative

 

Capacity of collaboration between policing, justice, service agencies and communities is encouraged and enhanced.

Alberta Hate Crimes Committee initiatives are made possible by the support of:

  • Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

  • Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund

  • Calgary Police Service

  • John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

  • Coalitions Creating Equity

  • REACH Edmonton