IIAE: Hate Crimes and Propaganda

I: Instructional

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) is committed to the vigorous enforcement of Sections 318 (Advocating Genocide) and 319 (Public Incitement of Hatred) of the Criminal Code of Canada. These sections indicate that directing hate propaganda towards an identifiable group - any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic origin - is a criminal offense.  To this end, the Board has developed procedures for dealing with hate crimes and propaganda, will co-operate with the police and the Ministry of the Attorney General in investigating incidents that occur on school property, and will support a program of in-service education to ensure that employees, students, and parents are aware of the policy and procedures. 

The Board is also committed to ensuring that hate propaganda directed at groups or individuals that are not covered by the Criminal Code, such as those distinguished by gender, or mental or physical disability, will not be tolerated.  To this end, the Board has developed procedures for dealing with this form of hate propaganda. 

A hate crime is an offence, such as an assault, threat, or act of vandalism, motivated by hatred of the victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or ethnic background.  Hate propaganda is any form of communication that is intended to promote hatred toward groups or individuals.  The primary purpose of hate propaganda is the promotion of discrimination, hatred, or intolerance toward other people.  Means of distributing hate propaganda  include: 

  • communicating by telephone;
  • broadcasting or other audible or visible means;
  • graffiti (words or symbols);
  • written materials (leaflets, pamphlets, brochures, magazines);
  • posters (cartoons or caricatures);
  • recorded telephone messages;
  • electronic technology (Internet);
  • music (compact disks, tapes, concerts). 

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS

Adopted Date: 
Tuesday February 12, 1991
Revision Date: 
Sep 1994
Feb 1996
Jan 1999
Jan 2005