Majority of Canadian students have witnessed racial bullying: Survey

October 20, 2021

By Vancouver Sun |

Racial bullying is a reality in Canadian schools, with a majority reporting they have witnessed or experienced such incidents in their schools, according to a new national survey.

The survey, conducted by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with the University of British Columbia, asked people ages 12 to 17 across Canada about their experience with racism and diversity in schools.

About 58 per cent said they’ve seen kids bullied, insulted or excluded because of their race or ethnicity, while 14 per cent said they’ve experienced it first-hand.

Youth who identify as a visible minority are three times as likely to say they’ve faced personal abuse because of their race, while Indigenous youth are twice as likely to suffer the same experiences, said the report .

Those findings were discouraging and disheartening, said Henry Yu, an associate history professor at UBC.

Yu notes that in the last year, when there was a rise in COVID-fuelled anti-Asian sentiments in B.C., political leaders often denounced racist incidents by saying “that’s not who Canada is.”

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