Canadians are invited to share their views on countering radicalization to violence

News release

April 5, 2018
Ottawa, ON
Public Safety Canada

The Government of Canada is firmly committed to addressing radicalization to violence and exploring all options that would ensure Canadians are kept safe, while protecting their rights. Today the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, invited Canadians to share their thoughts on countering radicalization to violence through an online consultation led by the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre).

Radicalization to violence happens when a person or group takes on extremist beliefs that lead to them advocating violence and, possibly, taking part in terrorist activity. Activities that contribute to preventing individuals from radicalizing to violence can range from supporting alternative narratives and positive messaging campaigns, to personalized interventions aiming to help individuals disengage from violent ideologies.

Through the consultation, Canadians can provide advice on a number of priorities:

  • How local communities and frontline actors can participate in addressing radicalization to violence and its harmful impacts;
  • Where funding and other resources can be directed in order to get the best results; and
  • The role that the Canada Centre can play in increasing public knowledge about countering radicalization to violence.

The input from Canadians will build on what the Canada Centre has heard from experts, partners, and stakeholders as it develops a national strategy on countering radicalization to violence.

Starting today, participants can share their ideas through the consultation portal, where submissions will be accepted until April 26, 2018.


Quotes

“To retain our national character as an open, diverse, inclusive and generous society – and one that is also safe and secure – Canada needs to become among the best in the world at understanding and dealing effectively with all types of radicalization that lead to violence. Those efforts must be grounded in the local realities across our country if they are going to succeed. We want to hear from Canadians how we can address these challenges and strengthen the way we keep our communities safe.”

- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick facts

  • The Canada Centre provides national leadership on Canada’s efforts to prevent radicalization to violence, and works with all levels of governments, not-for-profit organizations, communities, youth, frontline practitioners, academia, law enforcement, and international organizations.

  • The Canada Centre provides funding to organizations that work to counter radicalization to violence in Canada through the Community Resilience Fund. Projects under the Community Resilience Fund will improve Canada’s ability to address radicalization at the local level by supporting intervention research and programming, information sharing, and outreach activities.

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Contacts

Scott Bardsley
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
613-998-5681
scott.bardsley@canada.ca

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657
media@ps-sp.gc.ca


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