Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Statement Concerning the Hate Crime in London, Ontario

Racism, white supremacy, and violent extremism have sadly become more visible and prevalent in society over the past decade. The recent anti-Islamic murder in London, Ontario is another devastating reminder of the danger these ideologies present to marginalized groups, to the Canadian public, and to all societies.

Psychologists can, and must, play a significant role in turning the tide against racism and terrorism. We must also take on the structures and systems that are built on racial disparities and inequities – structures and systems that play a part in creating a culture that leads to more overt racism and hate crimes.

The CPA stands with the Muslim community, and with all other groups that are regularly targeted by online hate and public violence. We are committed to doing everything we can to create a just society that enables all its members to contribute, thrive, and most importantly feel safe, in the communities, workplaces and societies in which they live, work and play, free from racism, prejudice and systemic discrimination.