Canadian Anti-Racism Education And Research Society

BURNABY, British Columbia

The Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society is a non-profit society with registered charity status. The mission of the Society is to: • Support human rights • Oppose and confront systemic racism and organized hate group activity • Provide victim support services for hate crime • Provide education about all forms of racism, • Track and monitor hate group activity and prevent hate group recruitment • Liaise with community groups and agencies to stop racism and hate group activity • Advocate for legislative change to help stop systemic racism and hate motivated activity The Society works to inform, inspire and involve through organizing some of the largest anti-racism and anti-hate demonstrations in Canada. The Society has helped stop racism by conducting research and public education to help shut down hate groups and has held successful conferences and workshops on stopping racism and hate. CAERS has received commendations for its work from every level of government, schools, unions and a wide variety of public institutions throughout Canada. When institutions have problems with racist groups, CAERS has trained staff and has helped resolve conflict. In the case of Corrections Canada, for example, CAERS developed and implemented a training program for Matsqui Institution that was recommended for implementation throughout Canada. The program also received an award from the BC Government for anti-racism education and training. The Society also works closely with the mainstream media to cover important issues and in 2018 received an award for fighting racism from SPICE radio, one of the largest South-Asian radio stations in the province of BC. CAERS maintains a website at https://stopracism.ca, a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ CanadianEducationResearchSociety, and a YouTube channel to provide current information and resources on hate groups and hate crime. The website provides a report form for the targets of hate crime and more comprehensive analysis of racism. The Facebook page receives 4-5 thousands views per week and the website between 5-10,000 views per month. However, like many front line anti-racist groups, the Society has little funding from any level of government since 2005 due to changes in the priorities and programs of various government agencies due to the belief that hate groups and racism were no longer a serious problem in Canadian society. As a result, the Society now depends on volunteers and the generosity of community groups and union locals to carry out critical research and education on right wing extremism and the growth of hate groups in Canada. This is a serious problem since hate group activity in Canada is poorly understood within much government, law enforcement, intelligence and academic work. The failure to properly understand social movements, right wing populism and the convergence of far right ideology and with some political parties and leaders has led to a critical failure to adequately address hate and hate crime in Canada and the United States.

Hate Groups
Hate groups are growing in size and number throughout Canada as they are in the United States and Western and Eastern Europe. But there is a failure to understand and address this growing problem in Canada. Members of the most violent and extreme groups are easy to recognize. When these groups parade with nazi flags and bear signs advocating violence against immigrants, their motives are hard to misinterpret. But equally extreme groups have learned to blend with the ... Devamını Oku

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