Education & Training
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is committed to providing support for transformative education and training initiatives in the pursuit of eradicating all forms of racial discrimination in Canada.
Education and training initiatives focus on capacity building for organizations to create just, equitable and inclusive environments. The Foundation's work has crossed diverse segments of Canadian society and inspired learners to value diversity, communicate across differences, and transform injustice so that all members can achieve success and reach their full potential.
For Diversity and Inclusion Champions
The CRRF is rolling out 24 full-day Cross-Canada Workshops for senior executives, human resources professionals, and trainers and facilitators who work primarily within multicultural settings. Workshops are open at no cost to qualified participants.
Regional Cross-Canada Workshops are an opportunity to have an open and productive conversation about faith and faith-based issues and to discuss new situations that have emerged with the growth of Canadian multiculturalism. The workshops introduce a professional development module and toolkit that can be added to existing diversity training initiatives.
The full-day workshop is directed toward senior management level professionals who are leading diversity and inclusion initiatives. It is designed to build knowledge about faith-related situations in their workplace or community, and increase their ability to manage situations arising out of conflicting religious practices and cultural values.
The workshop features an opportunity to talk about faith in Canada with local faith leaders, and discuss new situations that have emerged connected to the growth of Canada's multi-faith population. The workshop also introduces a faith-based professional development (PD) module and Toolkit that can be added to existing diversity training initiatives.
Assisting school boards to develop a capacity for equity in all areas
The Diversity and Equity Leadership Institute (DELI) is a highly interactive and experiential course grounded in adult pedagogy and layered with cutting-edge information from the fields of neuroscience, social psychology, and bias research. By combining anti-racism strategies with emotional intelligence and conflict resolution, this approach balances intellect with emotions, and internal factors with external forces.
Developed and delivered in partnership with Anima Leadership, DELI offers a unique and holistic approach integrating self-awareness and mindfulness with anti-discrimination work. The participatory nature of the course allows learners to delve deeply into equity issues, and offers tools to facilitate courageous conversations around the thorny terrain of race, culture, and difference.
The DELI training sessions offer a balance between understanding systemic racism, emotional impact, social relationships, processes, and multiple layers of conflict that accompany transformative learning. They are designed to assist School Boards in developing capacity for equity in all areas. The workshops also offer a safe space for discussion and conversation about equity, race and human rights while helping participants navigate through difference, diversity, power relations and conflict.
Community-based training for educators and community leaders in the management of diversity
In this guide for practitioners, the focus is on cultural diversity and identity and how these impact citizenship skills and competencies. The guide covers themes and topics for professional development related to how to integrate and teach diversity in a global world.
The Policy on Multiculturalism (1971) and subsequent elaboration of this provides the context for how culture and cultural identity have been discussed, interpreted, and enabled over time. There is a continuing growth in awareness of how differences beyond culture impact many peoples' lives in Canadian society. These differences all play a significant role in how individuals function and are able to participate and contribute. For more than two decades the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been instrumental in moving the focus of the discussion beyond culture to draw attention to the principles of human rights and social justice for all.
Understanding diversity and racism in the school system
Originally conceived in 2004 as a partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the Foundations course is geared towards teachers, administrators, and school board officials who are interested in grounding their understanding of and abilities to deal with diversity and racism in the school system.
Since 2008 the TDSB has incorporated this course into their professional development in-service training for teachers, which serves as a model for other equity and anti-racism training. Aspects of the Foundations of Equality and Racism course have been adapted for other in-service training workshops.
Detailed course outline available: 6-Session Course for Educators
Toolkit for municipalities, organisations and citizens
The CRRF has been an active partner of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). Through its work as a key partner, the CRRF increases its presence on the local, regional and national levels as well as its interaction with all Canadians. Of particular importance, the CRRF’s strategic alliance with the Coalition is the fulfillment of the CRRF’s mandate towards positive change, the elimination of racism and discrimination and the promotion of a harmonious Canada.
Since its launch in 2005, an increasing number of municipalities have taken the steps to join CCMARD and have developed and implemented their unique plans of action. This toolkit is designed to be used by municipalities that have already joined the Coalition, those considering joining as well as by community organizations and citizens encouraging participation by their municipality.
In November 1999, the CRRF with its partners and sponsors, launched "See People for who they really are: Unite Against Racism," the largest anti-racism campaign of its kind in Canadian history. As part of its efforts to engage Canadians in a national dialogue about racism, the campaign featured the public service announcements (PSAs) produced by directors from across the country (Nova Scotia, Québec, Ontario, the First Nations, and British Columbia) interpreting a different aspect of racism as it affects Aboriginal Peoples and racialized minorities in Canada.
In 2009, the CRRF partnered with Rogers OMNI Television to translate the original PSAs into eight different languages. The PSAs were since broadcast on national television and distributed to numerous ethnic and local media outlets.
Work continued to extend to the production of a 30 minute documentary titled Directors Speak directed by Rion Gonzales, produced by Gail Picco and co-ordinated by V-Tape Canada. A Study Guide that includes clips from the PSAs and the documentary Director's Speak was developed.
Download the Study Guide
Watch the PSAs on the CRRF Youtube channel