A National Voice
A core activity of the CRRF is to research and report, and give voice to, the current issues that impact Canada’s democratic principles and multiculturalism policies. These include issues and events connected to race relations, Canadian identity, belonging, and the mutuality of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
The CRRF regularly posts press releases via the Canadian Newswire Service, and articles and announcements via the website and the Foundation's monthly newsletter. The Foundation's spokespersons regularly comment on issues related to contemporary race relations.
A busy year ahead …
This has been a very busy time for the CRRF, as the three-year Our Canada project is well underway and we continue to advance the overall mission of the Foundation. This year promises to be one of our busiest and most productive yet, so we are also launching a new monthly newsletter to help keep you informed about our many interesting activities. CRRF February newsletter >
To learn more about some of the thought-provoking programs we have offered recently, be sure to take time to watch the video highlights from the first of our Urban Agenda series, and listen in to hear about the issues addressed at the CRRF's Symposium and Awards of Excellence, Our Canada: Building on Citizenship, Building for Citizenship, held in Ottawa in November 2014.
Black History Month The Urban Agenda: Toronto Paul Yuzyk Award 150 Stories
One certain way to further the Foundation's mission is to celebrate those Canadians who best exemplify a commitment to Canadian values (the CRRF's founding Chairman Lincoln Alexander was one shining example; see our recent press release) and, in that regard, we are proud to partner again with Citizenship and Immigration Canada in presenting the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.
Born of immigrant parents, Senator Paul Yuzyk played a vital role in developing and implementing Canada's Multiculturalism Policy. The Senator's emphasis on "unity in diversity" remains an essential message for us today, as we continue to celebrate the promise of multiculturalism and the challenge of integrating peoples of diverse faiths and cultures. The deadline for nominations for the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism is March 31, 2015. To learn about the three categories for the award or to nominate an individual, group of individuals or organization, visit the Government of Canada website.
As this busy year progresses, we look forward to meeting more Canadians and continuing the important conversation about Canadian values and identity. We will be participating in two major conferences in Vancouver next month – Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious – Secular Divide and Metropolis: Broadening the Conversation: Policy and Practice in Immigration, Settlement and Diversity – and we will keep you updated on these, as well as other, happenings.
Stay in touch!