As we look back on 2020 -- and toward 2021 -- we reflect on our wins, and the work we have left to do.
While a step forward, the law is probably still two years away, and will be hotly contested.
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We welcomed Anti-Racist Canada founder Kurt Phillips to our board, along with Nigel Barriffe of Urban Alliance on Race Relations and Sue Gardner.
Thanks to our ongoing work to expose hate group members in the Canadian Armed Forces, and advocacy on the topic, this year the Forces consulted with us and announced a number of new anti-hate policies.
These are just some of this year’s victories -- wins that would be impossible without your support. Now, we move into the new year to carry on our work, and strive to help create a more equitable Canada.
What do we mean to accomplish in 2021?
Our educational initiative -- workshops designed for students and faculty to help identify and prevent radicalization while growing resiliency and empowerment for students to play an important part in combating hate in their schools -- is set to launch in February.
Canadian Heritage has announced another grant, which we are applying for. If we get it, it will help us realize exciting projects next year.
We’re building coalitions and consulting with the government on their legislative plan to deal with online hate -- and fighting to bring back s. 13 so that communities can access a legal tool to hold criminal hatemongers accountable.
As always, we will continue to bring important public interest journalism to you throughout the year. While we expand, we’ll always keep sight on our mandate of countering and reporting on the worst in Canada’s hate movements.
In that spirit, we want to express our gratitude to just some of the many people who make this work possible -- the researchers, activists, writers, and others -- who enrich our field and better our world.
This is just a small number of the incredible people who put in their time and labour every day. This work can’t be done in a silo, and community is necessary. Thanks to everyone who shares this space with us.
Finally, none of our work would be possible without our readers. Getting the word out about our stories, taking action in your communities, and sharing the message about hate spreaders is one of the most valuable partnerships we have.
Thank you for the continued support.
Happy New Year from all of us at the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.