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2019

Courageous Conversation: Hate Speech

  • March 14, 2019 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Quance Theatre, University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education, 28 Campus Drive in Saskatoon

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The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission would like to invite you to a very special Courageous Conversation on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 7:00 PM at the University of Saskatchewan’s Quance Theatre.

The topic of the conversation will be Hate Speech.

In Canada, hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise.

· According to Statistics Canada, hate crimes in our nation increased by 47% in 2017.

· Jewish people were the largest targets of hate crime with 361 incidents reported. A 63% increase from 2016.

· Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada increased by 150% in 2017, with 349 incidents being reported.

· Cision, a media marketing company, documented a 600% increase in the amount of intolerant and hate speech in social media postings by Canadians between November 2015 and November 2016.

· A recent survey, conducted by Léger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies, indicates that 60% of Canadians have seen hate speech on social media.

With statistics like these, silence is not an option. We all have a responsibility to speak out against hate.

Please join us on the evening of March 14 as a panel of dynamic speakers address the many issues pertaining to hate speech in our country.

The panel will include:

· Ihsaan Gardee – as Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Ihsaan regularly appears on local and national news media & programs on issues related to Canadian Muslims, Islam and civil liberties and his writings have appeared in major Canadian dailies as well as international publications. He also speaks at numerous Canadian and global forums and conferences on public policy matters. In his professional capacity, Ihsaan has provided expert testimony to several Parliamentary and Senate committees on how proposed legislation, including national security laws, could adversely impact civil liberties and diverse communities.

· Betty Ann Adam – Betty Ann is a Dene member of the Fond du Lac First Nation, a child of the Sixties Scoop and a long-time, respected journalist in Saskatchewan. The National Film Board of Canada and director Tasha Hubbard made the deeply moving story of her uniting her lost siblings into a documentary called Birth of a Family. In 2017, she won the prestigious Canadian Association of Journalists award for best text feature for her story Scooped: How I lost my mother, found my family, recovered my identity.  Recently, Betty Ann has been freelancing for the CBC and Eagle Feather News and working with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan to support survivors and draw forth their stories.

· Grant Scharfstien – Grant has been practicing law in Saskatoon since 1979. He has appeared in all court levels in Saskatchewan, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before numerous municipal, provincial and federal boards and commissions. He has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada® from 2016 to present. In 2013, Grant was the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission’s lawyer for a hate speech case that was ruled on by the Supreme Court of Canada.

· Dr. Fern Stockdale Winder – Fern is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing psychology for more than two decades. She has worked in a variety of settings, including seven years as the Professional Leader of Psychology/Director of Clinical Health Psychology in what was then the Saskatoon Health Region.  In 2013, she was appointed Commissioner of the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan and tasked with the job of leading a provincial review of mental health and addiction services in Saskatchewan.  Currently she works as a front-line clinician in the Rehabilitation Centre at Saskatoon City Hospital part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Admission is FREE.

If you wish to attend this event please RSVP to adamhawboldt@gov.sk.ca or confirm your attendance on the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/400709540732095/

The Quance Theatre is located in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education, located at 28 Campus Drive in Saskatoon.