Hate Crimes Awareness Day

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Hate Crime Awareness Day Edmonton 2015


The sixth annual Hate Crime Awareness Day in Edmonton consisted of two segments. Segment one featured a youth forum between Harry Ainlay High School students and members of the Hate Crime Units of Edmonton and Calgary Police Services. Segment two featured the reading of the proclamation of Hate Crimes Awareness Day in Edmonton by Councilor Bev Esslinger, speeches and several awards to community leaders. MLA Laurie Blakeman received the first award for her active role in changing Bill 202 to Bill 10. The second award went to Jason Garcia, a sociology student of MacEwan University who spoke of the discrimination he faced growing up as the son of an immigrant. Jason hopes to work in a non-profit setting to help hate crime victims.


Hate Crime Awareness Day Edmonton 2014

The fifth annual Hate Crime Awareness Day was a great success.  It was held at City Room; City Hall at 10 am on Wednesday April 9th, 2014.  As in the previous years, the event was during the week of the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week sponsored by the Federal Department of Justice.  This year’s theme was "Taking Action".


After opening remarks by Stephen Camp, The Edmonton Police Service Deputy Chief Danielle Campbell spoke about the issues of hate, hate crime and the continued effort by The Edmonton Police Service Hate Crimes Unit to protect vulnerable communities from perpetrators of hate. 


Mayor Don Iveson gave an eloquent speech on hate crime and the need for our society to be vigilant against hate, hate crime that the City of Edmonton will continue to be open, inclusive and provide a secure and safe community for all.  Mayor Iveson then proclaimed Wednesday, April 09, 2014 as Hate Crime Awareness Day.

Awards were presented to individuals and organizations that are taking action against hate and protecting victims of crime.  This year award recipients were:


Hate Crime Awareness Youth Award                                        Chevi RABBITT

Hate Crime Awareness Art Award                                            Adam BAUTISTA


Hate Crime Awareness The Hijab Project Award            The Edmonton Police Service     

                                                                                              The Edmonton Muslim Community Liaison Committee 

                                                                                              Ayesha MIAN


After the event, Alberta Hate Crime Committee members and award recipients were acknowledged at the Legislative Assembly by Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathan DENIS.





Calgary Hate Crime Awareness Day 2014



















The fifth annual Hate Crime Awareness Day was a great success. It was held at the Central Calgary Public Library from 5-6:30 pm on Wednesday April 9th, 2014. As in the previous years, the event was during the week of the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week sponsored by the Federal Department of Justice. This year’s theme was "Taking Action".
There were about 50 attendees with powerful and thought provoking welcoming remarks from Umashanie Reddy, Calgary Public Library which hosted the event. AHCC Vice-President Doug Jones did the MC honours. The Mayor’s Proclamation recognizing today as Hate Crime Awareness Day was read by Valerie Pruegger, Secretary AHCC (see below). Nita Jolly from Citizenship and Immigation Canada spoke ot the importance of this issue at a federal level, and Sgt. Bill Dodd, representing the Calgary Police Service outlined how it supports vicitims of hate and works with the community to prevent it. The Honourable David Blair Mason, Human Rights Comission for Alberta, sadly announced the news that he will be stepping down from this role, but urged us all to continue to work toegether to promote human rights and inclusion in our communities.
This year’s 2nd annual Alberta Hate Crime Awareness Award, ws presented by Doug Jones to Mr. Calvin Campbell. Calvin richly deserved this award for his dedication to making Alberta safer for all Albertans, particuarly those in gender and sexually diverse communities. Calvin’s speak was a first hand account of how it feels to be victimized for ‘who you are and who you love’ and he provided a good role model for what it means to take action against hate.
Wraps and refreshements were served to all, ‘hate sucks’ suckers handed out, and booths from the Calgary Police Service, the Calgary Public Library, and the Alberta Human Rights Comission provided more information to take away.
The event was well-coverd by 660AM, Calgary’s all news radio station, CBS and ethnic media.



Winner's Bio: Calvin Campbell (bio). Calvin has been an advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-Identified (LGBT) communities for the past seven years, serving the community through participation in various boards and volunteer activities. After being assaulted by a group of attackers because of his sexual orientation, Calvin has worked hard to promote awareness of the LGBT communities and issues that affect them with a focus on community safety and workplace inclusion. Calvin previously acted as the Alberta & Territories Lead for RBC’s LGBT Employee Resource Group, RBC PRIDE; a member of the National RBC PRIDE Committee; the Civilian Co-Chair for the Calgary Police Service Sexuality & Gender Diversity Chief’s Advisory Board; and, a member of the Calgary Police Service Communities Advisory Board to the Chief. He is currently a Director with Pride at Work Canada, a national non-profit that strives to improve the climate of inclusiveness for LGBT employees in the workplace. Calvin was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Alberta Premier Allison Redford and the Calgary Police Commission Community Policing Award in 2013.



Lethbridge Hate Crime Awareness Day 2014



















Location: Southern Alberta Ethnic Association

Award Recipient: Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge (ACL)

The fifth annual Hate Crime Awareness Day was a success in Lethbridge, Alberta. As in the previous years, the event was during the week of the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week sponsored by the Federal Department of Justice. This year’s theme was "Taking Action". On April 9th, 2014 at 11:30 am, approximately 40 members of the public came together at the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association headquarters to honor the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge with the Alberta Hate Crimes Awareness Day celebration and Award. Les Vonkeman started the awareness day by talking about the Alberta Hate Crime Committee and discussed the importance of the committee within the community of Lethbridge.

Bob Campbell, President for the Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination then spoke about working towards an inclusive community without hate, discrimination and racism. Roy Pogorzelski, the recently hired Inclusion Consultant with the City of Lethbridge, was slated to be introduced and speak but due to an illness was unable to speak.

Police Chief Tom McKenzie then spoke about the commitment of the Police to the community and how our Community & Diversity Resource Team is available to assist in not only a supporting role but also in an investigating capacity when it comes to hate crime and hate bias incidents. A power point presentation explaining the difference was running in a looping format explaining the differences to the participants.

Les Vonkeman introduced the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge and addressed the leadership role the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge has played and continues to play in addressing hate, racism and discrimination for the First Nations population in Lethbridge and the surrounding communities. The 2nd annual award was presented to the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge with Chief Tom McKenzie presenting the award to Jacinda Weiss, CEO of the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge. Jacinda spoke of the organizations commitment to continuing the works and collaborations they were recognized for. Several aboriginal youth in attendance are currently involved with the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge and an employment program they have running. 

After the award was presented an authentic First Nations meal of (Saskatoon) Berry soup and fry bread was served. The meal was prepared by Veronica Calf Robe and according to the attendees is known as the best cook on the Blood Tribe Reserve. The smaller crowd size enabled good interactions between all of the attendee’s during the meal. 

The event was covered by several local radio stations and the Lethbridge Herald.


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