Archives » 2001 » Intolerance in Saskatchewan

Intolerance Has No Place in Saskatchewan

For more than 50 years all citizens of Saskatchewan have enjoyed the protections of the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights which guarantees the right to freedom from discrimination, freedom of conscience, expression and association.

Today, as the dark shadow of international terrorism threatens to eclipse the fundamental freedoms we have come to enjoy, and perhaps take for granted, we are reminded of the words of former Premier Tommy Douglas: "Freedom, like peace, is indivisible. I must protect my neighbor's rights in order to safeguard my own."

The diverse, multicultural community we call Saskatchewan has opened its arms and hearts to those fleeing the intolerance and hatred of their homeland. We are a richer community because of their contributions.

Unfortunately, innocent members of Saskatchewan's multicultural community have been taunted by racial slurs and threats of violence, in the wake of the New York City tragedy.

We cannot allow the horrendous events of the past week to become a call to arms against innocent persons or communities who, by their ethnic background and looks, appear to be related to the perpetrators.

The right to freedom from discrimination is a birthright of every person. There is no place in our community for hatred and intolerance.

Saskatchewan has long been a leader in the advocacy of human rights. Now, more than ever, we need to embrace our neighbors regardless of their faith or race and remember we all have the right to be treated respectfully and fairly.

Donna Scott
Chief Commissioner and Director
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

Note: the above was distributed to Saskatchewan newspapers in response to events following Sept. 11.