Raising my children in a multi-cultural city like Richmond, BC, I never really had to explain racism to them, until the day they clearly witnessed that First Nations people are not treated the same as other Canadians.
The CRRF is proud to join with Voices into Action to provide cross-curricular resources about the strengths accruing from a greater appreciation of identity, belonging and human rights. This free online educational program meets requirements of Canadian secondary school curriculum.
150 Stories represents perspectives about Canada and being Canadian, and insights into Canadian history, organizations and initiatives. All qualifying stories will be part a a national social media campaign. Winning stories will be part of the 150 Stories collection.
February 2016 – In January we marked two milestone dates recalling the lives and sacrifices for justice of two great people – Raoul Wallenberg, an honorary citizen of Canada, and Lincoln Alexander, the first CRRF chair. We will be telling the story of many other great Canadians as February unfolds during Black History Month.
Our 150 stories have profiled over 50 Canadians who are champions because they reflect the best of Canadian values and identity. I am reminded about these champions among us every day. Look at the brave souls in La Loche, Saskatchewan, who have come together in the face of great tragedy. Look at the young people honoured on Lincoln Alexander Day who have made a real difference.
In my role at CRRF, I am privileged to be able to engage in dialogue with diversity champions across this country. Among them are the more than 200 people who attended our events in British Columbia in January. We look forward to the conversation over the upcoming months as we explore the many opportunities and challenges ahead in our communities and in this country.
Please take a look at our upcoming events and join us. As knowledge-keeper and Musqueam community member Shane Point said, “The best thing about this is the conversation. The conversation is clear and articulate and open.”
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