Saying NAH, means you Never Accept Hate. Be an upstander not a bystander.
Having a good understanding of the ways in which hate, and racism appear in society, and how each type of hate, be it overt or subtle, impacts people is a good place to begin.
It may help to understand your own privilege or unconscious bias. Everyone has unconscious bias. Researchers at Harvard University developed a method to help detect unconscious bias. It’s called the Implicit Association Test, and it’s available for anyone to do online. You may want to take the test to learn more about your own bias.
Hate is complex and has roots that go far, wide and back through cultures and history. We have provided some links below to resources that can help get you a better understanding. But you do not have to be an expert to start making a difference in your circles and community.
Regardless of where hate originates, if you can safely say that it stops with you when you encounter it, you will be part of a movement to make your community a better and safer place for all.
BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner
- We exist to address the root causes of inequality discrimination and injustice in B.C. by shifting laws, policies, practices and cultures. We do this work through education, research, advocacy, inquiry and monitoring.
Hate Inquiry Supports and Resources (BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner)
- It can be challenging and painful to share experiences of witnessing or being targeted by hate incidents. Find out more about a number of resources for those who may experience distress.
- Resilience BC and the Anti-Racism Network provides resources and supports, tools, videos. You can also report a hate incident through their website.
The Centre of Civic Religious Literacy
- Our work is about civic religious literacy – a framework to guide individuals and organizations to better understand religious, spiritual, and non-religious individuals they work with, live with, engage with, support, and teach.
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
- The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) is an acclaimed teaching museum devoted to Holocaust-based anti-racism education. The Centre, a leader in Holocaust education, engages 25,000 students and teachers annually and promotes human rights, social justice and genocide awareness through education and commemoration of the Holocaust.
- Strives for racial equity and an inclusive society for all Asian Canadians.
- The Canadian Anti-Hate Network is launching an education and workshop programme to give parents, educators, and community members tools to identify and intervene when a white supremacist movement is grooming and recruiting children.
- The program is based on CAHN’s newly released Confronting and Preventing Hate in Canadian Schools toolkit, which specifically focuses on countering hate propaganda aimed at youth. The toolkit is available for free online at www.antihate.school.
More resources about being an active bystander:
- We believe a world that respects our right to be isn’t some far-off destination. It’s something we’re building every day. This is your call to power, to build a world free of harassment. How do you want to get started?
Ending Violence Association of BC
- Be More Than a Bystander is a powerful training and education program that inspires change towards making communities safer. With custom programs for schools and workplaces, Be More Than A Bystander delivers practical tools to end violence, bullying and harassment.