The Canadian Anti-Hate Network monitors, researches, and counters hate groups by providing education and information on hate groups to the public, media, researchers, courts, law enforcement, and community groups.
This work is more necessary than ever.
There are over 300 active right-wing extremist groups in Canada according to research by Drs. Barbara Perry and Ryan Scrivens. Most explicitly target our Muslim and Jewish neighbours, but extreme misogyny, anti-LGBTQ+, hatred towards people of colour, Indigenous peoples, those who are differently able, and other forms of bigotry are extremely prevalent in these groups. Many of these groups aspire to violence or have already carried out harassment and assaults. Alexandre Bissonnette, pumped up with anti-Muslim paranoia and alt-right neo-Nazi propaganda, murdered six Muslim men at prayer in Canada’s first attack at a place of worship. He was followed by Alek Minassian, who killed 11, and Faisal Hussain, who murdered two.
Far-right extremism is the number one domestic threat in Canada, but by all indications law enforcement and our security services are not knowledgeable about this threat, nor have they invested anywhere near the sufficient resources to combat it.
That's where we and our community partners step in.
The people of Canada have, time and time again, defeated street-level hate movements. In the 90s, Anti-Racist Action stood up to white supremacists across Canada while community groups like the Canadian Jewish Congress battled neo-Nazis in the courts. For over a decade the volunteer-driven blog Anti-Racist Canada (ARC), has been Canada’s best resource on hate groups. We are proud to have the support of ARC to continue and expand on their work as we build a professional organization to continuously monitor and counter hate groups, like the Southern Poverty Law Center does in the United States.
Our work has already had an impact. We have shut down the largest Canadian neo-Nazi podcast and one of the largest neo-Nazi forums; exposed the players in, and activities of, Canada's anti-Muslim movement; filed several criminal complaints under Criminal Code section 319 (wilful promotion of hate propaganda); and convinced venues and organizations across Canada to make the principled decision to not provide a platform to hate propagandists. We have also become the go-to resource for media, researchers, and community organizations looking for information on the new far-right.
Unfortunately, the demand - the need - for this kind of work is overwhelming, and we simply don't have the resources to monitor a sufficient number of extremists or respond to all the requests for assistance that we receive.
We need your help to continue this work and hire researchers and investigators to expose, contain, and dismantle hate groups in Canada.
Bernie, Amira, Richard, & Evan