Systemic Racism in Policing from a Human Rights Lens (Nov 24)


As part of the MET Anti-Racism Speaker Series

November 24, 2022 | 5:00-6:00pm PST

The time for debate about whether systemic racism exists in policing is over—particularly, but not exclusively, as it effects Indigenous and Black people in British Columbia. It is time to act. In fall 2021, BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner released the most comprehensive analysis of policing and arrest data in B.C.’s history, alongside recommendations about reforms to address the disturbing pattern of discrimination revealed. In her talk, Commissioner Govender will speak about the report and her ongoing calls for immediate and sustained action to reform policing in BC.


Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender, started her five-year term on Sept. 3, 2019. Since then, our Office has been working swiftly to build a strong team, to listen deeply to the concerns of British Columbians, to issue policy guidance to protect vulnerable communities and to lay a human rights-based foundation for our work. As an independent officer of the Legislature, the Commissioner is uniquely positioned to ensure human rights in B.C. are protected, respected and advanced on a systemic level throughout our society.