Increasingly, Canadians are witnessing disturbing content and blatant hate speech being shared through social media and various websites that promote hateful ideologies, incite hostility, and glorify violence against many minorities in Canada. Such content in our cyber world can have grave, and in most cases, irreversible impact on certain people, especially newly settled immigrant, that are most vulnerable. Furthermore, such behaviours pose a severe danger to Canada’s long-standing and proud tradition of multiculturalism and diversity. The Government of Canada should launch a national strategy to combat online hate, by investing more in national programs of education and prevention and by working with various web-providing partners to identify, track, prevent and intervene to stop such discourse from disseminating in our cyberspace.

 

ANCC Position

The Government of Canada should launch a national strategy to combat online hate, by investing more in national programs of education and prevention and by working with various web-providing partners to identify, track, and prevent such discourse from being disseminated in the online world. The ANCC also encourages the Canadian government to provide consistent and additional funding to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to expand its educational programs and to provide support for advocacy organizations as well as resettlement groups to help them in refugee integration programs.