Message from the Alberta Human Rights Commission

(December 17, 2020)

Condemning Racism in Alberta

Like many others, we have been saddened and frustrated to learn of the racially-motivated attacks in Alberta: the December 7th attack on an Indigenous couple in Airdrie and the December 8th and 15th attacks on Muslim women in South Edmonton.

These attacks are senseless, reprehensible, and deeply, deeply troubling.

Alberta human rights legislation exists to protect all of us from discrimination. No one should have to worry for their safety because of their ethnicity, religion, or the colour of their skin.

Unfortunately, these irrational and hateful acts are not isolated. Alberta, like many other places, is seeing increased acts of racism and discrimination against Indigenous, Black, Muslim, and Asian citizens. This kind of anger and hatred accomplishes nothing - it only divides us further.

Our province is built on diversity. We ALL contribute to a society that has, time and again, pulled together in crisis to help each other, regardless of religion, colour, or ethnicity. Remember the Slave Lake, Fort McMurray, and Chuckegg Creek wildfires? Remember the southern Alberta floods?

In the midst of the stresses of this prolonged public health emergency, we need to look after one another. We need to show our fellow Albertans the compassion, consideration, and respect that we, ourselves, would like to receive.

Let's not lose sight of that generosity of spirit that makes Alberta a great place to belong.

Our vision is a vibrant and inclusive Alberta where the rich diversity of people is celebrated and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in society, free from discrimination.