Human Rights Advisory Services

Human Rights Advisory Services
Human Rights Advisory Services

Law and Policy

In Canada

Canada has taken a very strong stance against hate activity. The Criminal Code, in Sections 318 and 319, explicitly prohibits the communication of statements inciting hatred or violence against groups identifiable by race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, and sexual orientation.   Crimes committed with hateful motivation can be subject to stronger penalties.  Section 430 further prohibits acts of mischief committed against religious property motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on religion, race, colour or national or ethnic origin.

Canadian law also affirms principles of equality and non-discrimination.  The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees equality under the law for all people, regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, etc. Federal and provincial Human Rights Codes prohibit various forms of discrimination and harassment.  The Canadian Human Rights Act also makes it illegal to repeatedly communicate hate messages by phone or via the internet.

At Queen's

The Queen's University Senate has adopted the Queen's Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Policy and Procedure which clearly states that every individual is entitled to work and study in an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. In order to advance the goals of this policy, the Human Rights Office provides education to members of the community with regard to their rights and responsibilities in the area of human rights.

Queen's Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Policy and Procedure gives the Human Rights Office a mandate to promote human rights and to assist members of the Queen's community with discrimination or harassment concerns.

The following grounds are specifically named in this document: gender identity/expression, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status and disability.

Alma Mater Society (AMS)

Drafted in 1994, AMS Assembly (the highest student legislative body at Queen's) unanimously passed the following motion:

Whereas the Heritage Front has recently begun to propagate its philosophy and doctrine on this campus through the distribution of literature and;Whereas that philosophy and doctrine are diametrically opposed to the Alma Mater Society's mission statement, and the intellectual and democratic ideas of the university community;BE IT RESOLVED THAT:The AMS reaffirms its commitment to the fight against racism, sexism, homophobia and any other discriminatory philosophy and activity, as part of the larger struggle for social justice in our society. It specifically resolves to confront and expose the racist and homophobic views espoused by the Heritage Front or any other hate groups.