TORONTO, January 13, 2016 – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) condemns the recent attack on a group of newly-arrived Syrian Refugees in Vancouver. In what police are investigating as a hate crime, the unknown assailant attacked men, women and children as they were leaving an event meant to welcome the refugee families to the community.
"This attack is just the most recent in a number of troubling racist incidents, and demands a swift response from Vancouver police. But action is also needed from individuals and community organizations as it is everyone's responsibility to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive society," said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF.
"This appalling attack happened at the very time that Canada, in its best tradition of generosity, is opening its doors to those needing our help. Preparation for the influx of refugees in the days ahead demands more than just ensuring housing and other basic needs. It is crucial that we come together as Canadians to meet the challenges and promises of diversity head on," added Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF.
CRRF Executive Director: Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF, 1-888-240-4936