Regina, Saskatchewan – The Saskatchewan Green Party (SGP) is demanding Premier Moe speak out forcefully in condemning the racist attack on a 15 year old that happened recently in a public park in Saskatoon.
Leader of the SGP Naomi Hunter states, “I am shocked to hear nothing from the Premier since this horrible racist incident occurred. Dead Silence. Is our Premier only concerned with getting Chinese investment into Saskatchewan but cares not a wit when a Chinese-Canadian teen is attacked in the province?”
The SGP is very concerned that members of the public are getting the wrong message when this and many other racist incidents towards Asians are occurring while our provincial government does nothing to condemn them.
“Our province should not only speak out against these racist attacks but should go further and work with local support groups and national ones (like Act2EndRacism) to rally all citizens To Be Kinder to everyone,” says Naomi Hunter.
In order to properly document these incidents of racism and related intolerance towards people of Asian descent, as well as other People of Colour and Indigenous peoples, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) has launched an online reporting tool: www.covidracism.ca. The tool is part of the “Empowering, Engaging, and Equipping Canadians to Combat Anti-Asian Racism” project funded by Canadian Heritage. Other partners of the project are: Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, and Civic Engagement Network.
The result of the reporting tool will be analysed and released later this year, and will form part of our recommendations for policy change to address the underlying structural and systemic racism in the long run. At the press conference yesterday, CCNC Toronto provided some preliminary data showing 138 reported incidents. Individuals are encouraged to share the reporting tool with their networks.
Voters have their chance to speak out by casting a ballot for a Green Party government on Monday, October 26, 2020.