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Coalition of Organizations Release Letter
Regarding Border Security TV Show

 

Please let us know if your organization is willing to be added as a  signatory to this letter by emailing info@cancelbordersecurity.ca

We hope you will join us in sending a strong and necessary message to the show’s producers and broadcasters that deportation is not entertainment. ​

TO:

Minister Vic Toews, Ministry of Public Safety, Government of Canada
Luc Portelance, President, Canadian Border Services Agency
Rob Bromley, President, Force Four Entertainment
John Ritchie, Partner and Executive Producer, Force Four Entertainment
Gillian Lowrey, Partner and Director of Business Affairs, Force Four Entertainment
Paul Robertson, President, Shaw Media
Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Media
Zoran Stakic, Privacy Officer, Shaw Media
Andrew Eddy Vice President, Shaw Media Content Distribution
Michael French Vice President, Shaw Media Finance
Barb Williams Senior Vice President, Shaw Media Content
Deb Avis, Senior Vice President, Shaw Media Social Responsibility
JR Shaw, Executive Chair, Shaw Media
Jim Shaw, Vice Chair, Shaw Media
Bradley Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Media

We are a group of community-based and national organizations who would like to voice our collective concern about Border Security: Canada’s Front Line.

We are deeply concerned about the traumatic and potentially dangerous consequences upon all those who find themselves being filmed for Border Security. In Border Security a highly one-sided narrative is told about those crossing the border under varying circumstances or those people in the process of migration, which has the particular long-term impact of spreading fear about and among immigrant and migrant communities. At best, this TV show is an invasion of privacy with questionable ethics on informed consent; at worst, it can put the lives of vulnerable migrants at risk by commercially exploiting their stories for broadcast. No one deserves to face the trauma of being forcibly separated from their families and then having this suffering turned into entertainment. We also find it extremely troubling that the federal government has approved and is involved in this production.

Deportation is not entertainment. We urge you to cancel, stop participating in, and end the broadcast of Border Security. More than 23,000 people have signed a petition calling for an end to this TV show. They are joined by prominent cultural producers, human rights groups, and legal organizations. We hope you will take this opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to upholding human rights, legal obligations, and ethical media production by cancelling Border Security.

Sincerely,

  1. Agriculture Workers Alliance Support Centre-Surrey
  2. Alberta Public Interest Research Group
  3. Alliance for People’s Health
  4. Amnesty International
  5. Antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women's Network
  6. Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society
  7. Babae Montreal
  8. Battered Women’s Support Services
  9. B.C. Civil Liberties Association
  10. B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
  11. B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre
  12. Café Rebelde
  13. Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
  14. Canadian Council for Refugees
  15. Canadian Labour Congress
  16. Check Your Head
  17. Chinese Canadian National Council
  18. Coalition of South Asian Women Against Violence
  19. Compassion Club
  20. Connective Project for Colombia
  21. Council of Canadians
  22. Critical Social Research Collaborative
  23. Defenders of the Land
  24. Dignidad Migrante
  25. Downtown Eastside Women’s Center
  26. Fraser Valley Peace Council
  27. Friends of Women in the Middle East Society
  28. Fuerza-Puwersa
  29. Global Queer Research Group-University of British Columbia
  30. Hamiltonians for Migrant and Refugee Health
  31. Health for All
  32. Idle No More
  33. Immigrant Workers Center
  34. Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
  35. International Iranian Federation of Refugees
  36. Justice for Migrant Workers
  37. KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
  38. La Convergence des Luttes Anticapitalistes/ Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal
  39. Latinos in Action
  40. Law Union of Ontario
  41. Lead Now
  42. Migrante BC
  43. Mining Justice Alliance
  44. Native Youth Movement
  45. No One Is Illegal-Montreal
  46. No One Is Illegal-Toronto
  47. No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories
  48. Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  49. Out On Campus-Simon Fraser University
  50. People's Commission Network
  51. People Against Settler Colonialism-University of British Columbia
  52. Pivot Legal Society
  53. Progressive Nepali Forum in Americas
  54. Purple Thistle Center
  55. QTIPOCALYPSE
  56. Quebec Public Interest Research Group-Concordia University
  57. Quebec Public Interest Research Group-McGill University
  58. Queer Migration Collective
  59. Radical Access Mapping Project
  60. Raices Latin American Cultural Society
  61. Rainbow Refugee Committee
  62. Rising Tide-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
  63. Regina Public Interest Research Group
  64. Salaam Canada
  65. Sanctuary Health
  66. Shit Harper Did
  67. SAFAR-Sikh Feminist Research Institute
  68. Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
  69. Simon Fraser University Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  70. Siraat
  71. Social Housing Coalition BC
  72. Social Justice Network of Metropolitan Community Church Toronto
  73. Solidarity Across Borders
  74. South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
  75. Streams of Justice
  76. Student Anthropological Community of Ottawa
  77. Tadamon
  78. Teaching Support Staff Union
  79. The Feminist Wire
  80. The Mainlander
  81. Toronto Action for Social Change
  82. Trikone Vancouver
  83. Truthfool Communications
  84. University of British Columbia Colour Connected Against Racism
  85. University of British Columbia Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  86. University of British Columbia Race Autobiography Gender and Age Graduate Student Network
  87. Unis’to’ten Camp
  88. Vancouver Status of Women
  89. Welcome Home Refugee Housing Community
  90. West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund
  91. Worker’s Action Centre-Toronto
  92. Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society

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