Manitoba is a Canadian province bordered by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west. Its landscape of lakes and rivers, mountains, forests and prairies stretches from northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east and southern farmland. Much wilderness is protected in more than 80 provincial parks, where hiking, biking, canoeing, camping and fishing are all popular. The capital city of Manitoba is Winnipeg and total population is 1.2 million.
In January 2017, a family arrived at their Winnipeg home to find a red gift bag with a large rock wrapped in a ribbon inside. On the ribbon were the words, “Jude bitch get out of the neighbourhood.” According to CBC News, when the family took the ribbon off, they found the rock was painted with a swastika and another word, “Die Jew bitch” and “Einsatzgruppen” referencing the Nazi death squads.
On February 7th, former cabinet minister Chris Melnick discovered a swastika in the snow with the words “F…Jews” scrawled. According to Melnick, “…antisemitism has become commonplace in Canada. There has been a significant under-reporting of antisemitism in the past several years but that is changing because discussion of racism against minorities has been trending in recent months.”
Like several other Jewish Community Centres across the country, the Asper Jewish Community Campus was evacuated on March 9, 2017 after an emailed threat. Premier Brian Pallister condemned the threat and thanked police for its vigilance.
In 2015, Statistics Canada reported that 26 cases in 2013 of hate crime in Manitoba. Manitoba police were alerted to 17 hate crime cases.