Somali Muslim Hate Crime Summit

Public Performance

For anyone who missed our piece on Hate Crimes in Canada, MT Space and our community partners at The Centre for Community Base Research (CCBR) would like to invite you to attend our special performance on July 12 in Etobicoke as part of the Somali Muslim Hate Crime Summit. And for audience members who did attend the performance for Spotlight Festival, we encourage you to come out again and be active participants in the Summit. Please see the details below and RSVP with an email to:

Date & Time:

Saturday July 12, 2008 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm


Thistletown Multi-Services Center 925 Albion Rd , Auditorium Etobicoke North


  • Theatre presentation by award-winning MT Space Theatre
  • Discussion of strategies and next steps for prevention of hate crimes and response for victims of hate Crime Victims
  • Refreshments provided

Join our dialogue. All are welcome.

Please RSVP:
Somali Canadian Association of Etobicoke
925 Albion Road, Etobicoke

About the performance:

In partnership with the Centre for Community Based Research, The MT Space (as part of our Theatre For Social Change program) will be previewing a 15-min theatre piece about Hate Crime in Canada. The preview will be followed by a 45 min open discussion session around the topic. This play is based on the observations and stories of members from the Somali-Muslim Community in Toronto.

Toronto's black and Muslim communities are among the most victimized groups (Toronto Police Service Hate/Bias Crime Statistical Report, 2006). Included in these alarming statistics are only the Somali Muslim individuals who have reported crimes. Still, in our community, many hate incidents go undocumented and unaddressed because victims are often reluctant to talk with police, and too often, Somali Canadians are lacking in knowledge about Canadian laws, and about victim services.

This project has been commissioned and will be presented as part of the Somali Muslim Hate Crime Summit to be held on July 12, 2008.