Community stakeholders partner to launch anti-hate campaign in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills

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Published November 3, 2021 at 1:09 pm

The Halton Regional Police Service announced a new annual collaborative anti-hate campaign called #NoHateInHalton on Wednesday. The inaugural campaign will run November 8 to 12. ADL PHOTO

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is launching an anti-hate campaign in partnership with other community stakeholders in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.

The new annual collaborative #NoHateInHalton campaign, set to run this November 8 to 12, is aimed at stopping hate and promoting respect, equity and inclusivity in the community.

The Halton Police anti-hate campaign will run in over 180 schools and learning facilities across the region and will be done in partnership with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, Crime Stoppers of Halton, and other community stakeholders.

A key priority for (HRPS) and its community partners, the aim is to eliminate all forms of hate in the region and better support victims and communities impacted by it.

Of the hate and bias motivated incidents reported across the region last year, 42 per cent directly involved or impacted schools or school aged youth.

This year’s campaign will aim to bring attention to the following topics within schools:

  • Eliminating hate and bias motivated incidents,
  • Encouraging individuals to report an incident that is motivated by hate or bias,
  • Building a sense of community within schools across the region,
  • Encouraging students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within the schools and support impacted individuals and groups, and
  • Reducing the stigma that is often associated with victims of hate and bias-motivated incidents and removing any barriers to reporting those incidents.

To help increase awareness of the anti-hate campaign, posters will be put up at local schools across Halton.

As well, in an effort to reduce any barriers to reporting incidents, high schools will also post stickers featuring a QR code to Halton Crime Stopper’s website, where incidents can be reported anonymously.

This campaign will also bring awareness to supports available to victims or those negatively affected by hate or bias motivated incidents.

Factors that lead to individuals exhibiting hateful behaviour and the impact it has on the community will also be addressed by the campaign.

Members of the community can engage with this anti-hate awareness and education campaign by joining the conversation on social media with a post about how they are embracing respect and inclusion with #NoHateInHalton.

They can also visit the Hate and Bias Motivated Crime webpage on HaltonPolice.ca for information about Hate and Bias Motivated Crimes and the Halton Regional Police Service’s commitment to eliminating these types of incidents from our communities.

Anyone who is a victim of hate or bias motivated crimes is encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service. The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in Halton Region for victims of hate or bias motivated crimes:

Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit905-825-4777 ext. 5239

Kids Help Phone1-800-668-6868

R.O.C.K. Crisis Response: 905-878-9785

Halton Multicultural Council (HMC Connections)905-842-2486

Thrive Counselling905-637-5256 or 905-845-3811

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