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April 2016 - As the CRRF continues to engage Canadians in dialogue across this country, the commitment to build on the promise diversity offers while strengthening Canadian identity as a unifying force is clear.
HAMILTON, ON, March 22, 2016 /CNW/ – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is bringing two events to Hamilton next week to deepen the dialogue around diversity, inclusion and Canadian identity.
April 2016 - As the CRRF continues to engage Canadians in dialogue across this country, the commitment to build on the promise diversity offers while strengthening Canadian identity as a unifying force is clear. And yet, it is disturbing that we also continue to learn of acts of racism, acts aimed at dividing us and striking at the core values we must build on.
Not all these incidents make the news. However, just as documented on a recent CBC report asking "Are we Racist?” we too have heard about storekeepers following black youth around their stores. We learned of graffiti on schools threatening newly arrived refugees. We were told with great pain of harassment of Indigenous youth while playing hockey, or while simply walking down the street.
How are we to overcome the racism that keeps rearing its ugly head among us? In my mind it is as simple, and as difficult at times, as moving from ‘B to A’. That is each of us, whether at work or at school, at play or volunteering, must not be a BYSTANDER when we witness an act of intolerance.
We must each take upon us the role of being an active advocate, of being an actor. We must demand the same of our leadership. What this means, will of course depend on the particular circumstances. It is not always easy for those taking on the active voice and those charged with keeping order.
As the dialogue continues, we invite you to join us and to offer your suggestions as to how we can best counter the racism that dwells among us.
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