Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Canada: Saskatoon ranks below national average in reported hate crimes


“People of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan on the whole, they’ve been very welcoming, very loving and accommodating and inclusive.”

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Global News
By Joel Senick | June 13, 2017

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Saskatoon is trending lower than the national average when it comes to police-reported hate crimes according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday.

Researchers found that in 2015 there were 2.3 reported hate crimes per 100,000 people in Saskatoon. The national average in that year was a rate of 3.8 per 100,000.
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Across Canada hate crimes rose by five per cent in 2015 according to the report. A large part of the increase was due to a 61 per cent increase in incidents targeting Muslims.

However Mubarik Syed, a member of Saskatoon’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at community who has lived in the city since 2010, said his experience isn’t represented in that increase.

“My family is here, I bought a house here and we’re very happy here, things are very well,” Syed said.

“People of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan on the whole, they’ve been very welcoming, very loving and accommodating and inclusive.”

Syed did admit that members of his community sometimes experience hostile comments or acts, however he believes the incidents are borne out of ignorance.

“We want to make sure that the peaceful and loving message of the religion of Islam is out there and people understand it,” Syed said.

“I think it’s our responsibility as Muslims that we go out there and try to reach out to communities and non-Muslims and others and to tell them and teach them what Islam is all about.”


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