While law enforcement play an important role in the fight against hate, so does Government and the community. Partnerships between the three are the keys to success.
The Organization Against Racism and Hate is a British Columbia based group that brings together 28 small communities across the province to collaboratively find ways to address incidents of racism and hate crime. Each community has established a partnership of organizations/individuals that actively develop community capacity and skills that foster community engagement; and build community sustainability plans to address racism and hate.
The workshop will discuss the definition of a hate crime, hate propaganda, legislation in the Criminal Code relevant to hate crime. We will also consider the motivation behind hate and issues relating to radicalization issues.
Constable Gareth Blount began his policing career in central London, UK, working the diverse area of Notting Hill. In 2005 Gareth made the move to Vancouver, Canada and joined the New Westminster Police Department. He has worked in Patrol, Major Crime, and IHIT, the region’s Homicide Team, where he was a full time interviewer. Gareth has been with the BC Hate Crime Team since September 2015, and continues to gain knowledge in this very complex area of law.
Mark Seeley is the Director of Multiculturalism for the BC Government promoting multiculturalism and eliminating racism. In 2009 Mark received a Premier's Award in recognition
of his work on an employment program that had strong ties with the Aboriginal community.
Mark moved to British Columbia in 2006 from the UK where for sixteen years he managed community service programs. He has expertise in building community partnerships,
procurement, and social education.