Skip to main content
Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

New research on countering right-wing extremism in Canada

University researcher Barbara Perry, PhD, says issue has ‘flown under the radar’

Barbara Perry, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.
Barbara Perry, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

In the face of renewed domestic and international incidents of right-wing extremism, University of Ontario Institute of Technology hate crime expert Barbara Perry, PhD, has co-authored a new research paper outlining strategies to disrupt the growth and sustainability of those groups.

Dr. Perry, Professor with the university’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, along with research colleague Ryan Scrivens at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, propose a series of initiatives in a new article published in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJCCJ).

“The stereotype in Canada is that we are a respectful and polite society,” says Dr. Perry. “But we are not immune to pockets of activity across the country that promote ideologies that are racist, homophobic or nationalistic. Some of these groups are highly organized and many are vocal. And we are seeing an increase in the number of violent attacks.”

Dr. Perry says there has been little research to date on right-wing extremism in Canada, perhaps because many Canadians don’t realize there’s an undercurrent of activity.

“Before these groups develop stronger roots, we believe proactive counter-initiatives are required,” says Dr. Perry. “We have consulted community organizations, law enforcement leaders as well as right-wing activists, to put a barometer on what’s happening out there. The foundations of right-wing extremism are complex and multifaceted, grounded in both individual and social conditions. It follows that counter-extremist initiatives be multidimensional and multi-sectoral, building on the strengths and expertise of diverse sectors such as law enforcement, education, social services, public health, youth workers, and victim service providers, to name a few.”

The paper suggests prevention strategies to exploit identified patterns inherent in right-wing extremist groups and their environments. Intervention in recruitment is key, as are tactics to help individuals already involved in extremist groups to exit.

“The first step is for policy makers and practitioners to acknowledge the threat and to engage in public dialogue around this brand of extremism,” says Dr. Perry. “Extremism has generally flown under the radar in Canada, which is one of the reasons it has been so easily exploited in the current climate.”


Media contact
Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
Ontario Tech University
905.721.8668 ext. 6709