Bullying behaviour is unacceptable in any form, and it is a violation of human rights when a person is experiencing bullying based on race, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, gender, physical disability, cognitive disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.
Alberta is an increasingly diverse province, yet 14 per cent of elementary school children report experiencing bullying because of their race or ethnicity. Additionally, high school students who were not born in Canada report experiencing significantly more bullying, racism and bigotry related to their ethnic background than those born in Canada.
The more teachers and students understand about the cultural background and beliefs of others, the less bullying behaviour is likely to occur in the school environment. The following information will help teachers address discrimination and prejudice directed at Arab and Muslim students (or those perceived as Arab or Muslim).