In spring 2019, First Met offered two Bystander Intervention Training sessions in response to the massacre of Muslims at a New Zealand mosque and the increase of racist incidents across Canada. At the same time First Met became a member of OAHR, the Greater Victoria Organization against Hate and Racism, formed to deal with all forms of discrimination, harassment and hate crimes in Greater Victoria. The mandate of the group is:
• Develop a Community Based Protocol to establish steps for responding to critical incidents and identifying suitable victim supports
• Raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of racism and hate in our communities
• Share impactful prevention strategies
OAHR, located in the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre, has produced a community-based protocol “to establish steps for responding to critical incidents and identifying suitable victim supports.” These incidents include hate crimes, harassment and discrimination, social media and internet platforms, racial profiling, social profiling and school incidents.
The protocol includes a history of racism and discrimination in Victoria, a list of support resources for victims and a glossary.
[See below for a copy of the draft protocol and the Victoria Organization against Hate and Racism brochure]
In early 2020, First Met will host an information session with OAHR staff to learn more about the protocol and the work of OAHR.
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