The Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program was initially established to help small communities collaboratively find ways to address incidents of racism and hate crime. In 2016, this provincial program was expanded to include four new urban communities – Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Burnaby.

ANHBC is one of 32 communities listed as OARH members in British Columbia and is operating as the lead for the Vancouver OARH Committee. Our goal is to create a network to address ongoing issues of racism and hate crimes in our community. The Vancouver OARH Committee will create community protocols to respond to incidents of hate and will also raise the public awareness.  ANHBC will be responsible to report and record any incidents that are related to racism and hatred.

For more information on the Vancouver OARH Committee, please contact Koyali Burman, Community Engagement Officer, at koyali.burman@southvan.org or 604-324-6212 or visit http://anhbc.org/information-and-referral/oarh-vancouver/.

VICTIM SUPPORTS

If you are a victim of an act of racism or hatred (or are supporting a victim), please call 9-1-1 to report the incident.

  • When reporting an incident, state that you are reporting a Hate Crime (emergencies such as attacks, assaults and threats).
  • For non-emergency crimes such as graffiti, vandalism and hate propaganda, the operator will connect you to the appropriate detachment to handle the situation.
  • There is no fee when calling 9-1-1 for either emergency or non-emergency situations.

If you are a victim of a hate crime, or have witnessed a hate crime, help is available through victim services and other resources.

Contact Vancouver Police Hate Crime Unit Det. / Cst. Jacquie Abbott of the Hate Crimes Unit can be reached at 604-717-9993 or jacquie.abbott@vpd.ca.

If you experience discrimination, you can file a complaint to Canadian Human Rights Commission

Mail your written complaint to:
Canadian Human Rights Commission
344 Slater Street, 8th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1E1

Call and make your complaint to our National Call Centre:
Toll Free: 1-888-214-1090
TTY: 1-888-643-3304
Fax: 613-996-9661

For ongoing support following an act of racism or hated, there are many organizations that offer free or sliding scale fees for counselling, support groups, physical therapy, and legal services.  See list below:

Free & Sliding Scale Counseling:

Gordon Neighbourhood House 604-683-2554 or counselling@gordonhouse.org

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House counselling@southvan.org

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House 604.736.3588 x 128 or patriciap@kitshouse.org

Qmunity (LGBTQ) 604-684-5307

Islamophobia Hotline 604-343-3828

For more, please check out BC 211 http://redbookonline.bc211.ca/

Other resources:

Aboriginal Wellness Program at (604) 675-2551

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC at 604-718-2780

Broadway Youth Resource Centre at 604-709-5720

Battered Women’s Support Services at 604-687-1867

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre at 604-681-8480

Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) at 604-633-2506

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education at 604-876-4881

MOSAIC Multicultural Victim Services at 604 254 9626

Pacific Community Resources Society at 604-412-7950

Progressive Intercultural Community Services at 604-596-7722

Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society at 604-436-1025

Women Against Violence Against Women at 604-255-6344

For other OARH offices in BC, please click here.

MEDIA RELEASES

December 7, 2017 - ANHBC Condemns Acts of Racism and Hate