Territories - Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories & Nunavut

Antisemitism
An Overview

Background

The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous and sparsely populated. Kluane National Park and Reserve includes Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, as well as glaciers, trails and the Alsek River. The Northwest Territories of Canada include the regions of Dehcho, North Slave, Sahtu, South Slave and Inuvik. Their remote landscape encompasses forest, mountains, Arctic tundra and islands in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Nunavut is a massive, sparsely populated territory of northern Canada, forming most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Its islands have expanses of tundra, craggy mountains and remote villages, accessible only by plane or boat.

According to a Statistics Canada Police-reported hate crimes, 2017 report, 12 hate crimes incidents occured in the territories in 2017 - 3 in the Yukon Territory, 5 in the Northwest Territories and 4 in Nunavut.

Graffiti

On August 24, 2017, Swastikas and other racially insensitive symbols and remarks were found spray painted on an underpass in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The RCMP is seeking information from the public and is not only looking at charges of damaging property, but will determine if there's enough evidence to support charges of hate propaganda. Yellowknife RCMP Inspector Matt Peggs said in a statement that, "Our society cannot tolerate any expression of hatred to an identifiable group and the Yellowknife RCMP takes these types of investigations very seriously."

On August 18, 2017 it was reported that the city of Yellowknife was called on to remove several swastikas that had been painted onto a sidewalk some time ago. In light of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, a concerned citizen whose children had asked about the symbol decided it was time to take a stand. Sheila Bassi-Kellett, the City's senior administrative officer, said the city doesn't turn a blind eye to things like this. "It's really important that we take a stand on this because there is this level of hatred in the world which, frankly, in Yellowknife does not reflect who we are as a community," she said.

In April 2017, the city of Yellowknife removed a swastika that had been spray-painted onto Fraser Tower.

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