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The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada's leading agency
dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

Racism in Canada Leads to Inequitable Health and Social Outcomes

Racism in Canada Leads to Inequitable Health and Social Outcomes
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) strongly endorses the recent release of a new resource entitled “Social determinants and inequities in health for Black Canadians: A Snapshot”, the result of ongoing work of the Health Inequalities Reporting Initiative.

The Snapshot reports national data on inequalities in health outcomes and determinants of health for Black Canadians, and highlights how Anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination are key drivers of health and social inequities faced by diverse Black Canadian communities.The report highlights “Social, economic, and political factors shape the conditions in which individuals grow, live, work, and age, and are vitally important for health and wellbeing. Inequalities in these conditions can lead to inequalities in health.” The report also mentions that “in recent years, racism has been increasingly recognized as an important driver of inequitable health outcomes for racialized Canadians.”

These findings from the Public Health Agency of Canada, committed to the ongoing measuring, monitoring, and reporting of health inequalities and determinants of health for Canadians, align with recent findings from other organizations working to identify inequalities and eliminate racism in Canada.

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Looking at Hate Crime Statistics in Canada

Looking at Hate Crime Statistics in Canada
Hate crimes against targeted communities remain a dark stain on the values that the overwhelming majority of Canadians support, and beyond our borders, we see evidence of the tragic damage that hatred can exact.

Understanding hate crimes is an important step in helping address this issue. Statistics Canada's reporting of police-reported hate crime statistics has been expanding and evolving since 2005. Data is aggregated from police jurisdictions across Canada and provides a perspective by geography and type.

Hate motivated crimes account for 0.01% of total police reported crimes. However, according to the StatCan survey, about two-thirds of individuals surveyed who said they had been victims of hate-motivated incidents did not report the incident to police for various reasons, including fear and personal safety. Similarly, 62% felt the crime was minor and not worth taking the time to report to police. Unfortunately, a similar percentage also believed that the accused would not be convicted or adequately punished.

Based on reported figures since 2009, the number of police-reported hate crimes has been trending upwards.

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CRRF Webinar: Recognizing Slavery's Legacy of Racism in the Time of COVID-19

CRRF Webinar: Recognizing Slavery's Legacy of Racism in the Time of COVID-19
Fireside Chat featuring Chiamaka Mọgọ, Board Member, Canadian Race Relations Foundation & Public Policy Professional & Natasha Henry, President, Ontario Black History Society

To mark August 23 as a day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Chiamaka and Natasha discuss this shameful legacy and focus on how COVID-19 has exacerbated the social, political, economic and health conditions that are linked to structural racism, thereby causing people of African descent to suffer disproportionately.

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Systemic Anti-Black Racism in Canada Must be Remedied: Urgent Changes Needed to Help Black Canadians Thrive

Systemic Anti-Black Racism in Canada Must be Remedied: Urgent Changes Needed to Help Black Canadians Thrive
As expressed recently, Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) strongly endorses the report of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) into the racial profiling and discriminatory practices of the Toronto Police Service and calls for the adoption of the recommendations made in the report. This second interim report, “A Disparate Impact”, presented in August 2020, is a follow-up on the OHRC’s initial report, “A Collective Impact”, released in December 2018. Both reports support the recurrence of systemic anti-Black racism in Canada.

This month, Statistics Canada (StatCan) released a new analytical study in The Daily entitled “Changes in the socioeconomic situation of Canada’s Black population, 2001 to 2016”. This study focuses on the changes, or lack thereof, to the socioeconomic status of Canada’s Black population between 2001 and 2016 with an emphasis on disaggregated data on Canada’s Black populations. Differences between men and women, by generation, by birth countries and, for persons born in Canada, birth countries of their immigrant parents were analyzed.

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The CRRF strongly endorses ON Human Rights Commission 2nd Interim Report on Racial profiling and racial discrimination by Toronto Police Service

The CRRF strongly endorses ON Human Rights Commission 2nd Interim Report on Racial profiling and racial discrimination by Toronto Police Service
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) strongly endorses the report of the Ontario Human Rights Commission into the discriminatory practices of the Toronto Police Service and calls for the adoption of the recommendations made in the report.

The first report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission - A Collective Impact, released December 2018, showed that Black people were more likely to be fatally shot by Toronto police than White people or people from other racialized groups. The current report shows that Black people, particularly Black males, are even more likely to be proactively arrested, charged and subjected to uses of force in a wide range of police interactions. The research team observed that these results are similar to the experience of African Americans in the United States.

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New Interim Executive Director - CRRF

New Interim Executive Director - CRRF
On behalf of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), I am pleased to inform you that the Foundation's Board of Directors has designated one of its members, Alicia Damley, as Interim Executive Director, effective immediately.

An experienced manager, investment and financial professional, Ms. Damley will be responsible for maintaining an efficient oversight and transition of the CRRF's daily operations, pending the appointment of a new Executive Director under the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act later in October 2020.

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Call For Papers - Systemic Racism in Canada

Call For Papers - Systemic Racism in Canada
We are currently looking for contributors for Directions and hope you will share your expertise, experience and research with us!

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Anti-Black Racism - Now is the Time to Act

Anti-Black Racism - Now is the Time to Act
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation condemns racially motivated actions against all people. We acknowledge the many Canadian protests and voices in support of US anti-Black racism demonstrations against police brutality in the George Floyd case. Canada’s peaceful demonstrations raise the importance for Canadians to address systemic inequalities inundating Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities. The COVID-19 environment had already begun to reveal similar risks and fault lines. Read more for our full statement.

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The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Condemns anti-Chinese Racism

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Condemns anti-Chinese Racism
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is concerned by the results of a recent poll which show the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic has heightened anti-Chinese sentiment in Canada.

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CRRF Promotional Video

CRRF Promotional Video
The CRRF is pleased to announce our new promo video, featuring:

1. Art Miki, Former NAJC President and NAJC Representative, CRRF Board

2. Hon. Jean Augustine, Former MP & Cabinet Minister

3. Dr. Jack Jedwab, President, Association for Canadian Studies and Chair, Metropolis

4. Sharon Pun, Librarian, CRRF Clearinghouse

5. Michael Adams, President and Founder, Environics Institute

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2020-2023 Strategic Direction

2020-2023 Strategic Direction
In 2019, the Foundation mindfully engaged in stakeholder consultation sessions across Canada to gauge the current state of anti-racism issues and opportunities, and to analyze collected insights in order to develop a new strategic direction that will guide the Foundation’s activities in the new 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. The consultation confirmed the need for the Foundation to reset its strategic direction to better respond to the current realities and pressing needs of organizations, public institutions and leaders who are working on anti-racism issues.

The consultation and ensuing Board conversations resulted in revised statements for the Foundation’s vision, mission and values. Three (3) new strategic directions were also identified as focus areas for the 2020-2013 Strategic Plan, including the Foundation’s priorities for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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The Canadian Race Relations Foundation calls upon Canadians to reject stigmatization and to stand together

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation calls upon Canadians to reject stigmatization and to stand together
The CRRF remains concerned that the Novel Coronavirus, known properly as Covid-19, continues to be referred to by the injurious name, “Wuhan Virus.” Such references do nothing to build a common front against the spread of the disease and thus are unhelpful at best and frankly racist at their worst.

We recommend the process developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) Best Practices for the Naming of New Human Infectious Diseases.

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COVID-19 Notice

COVID-19 Notice
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is a federal crown corporation dedicated to the facilitation of the development of sharing and application of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

We do this by bringing people together and providing educational resources and events for the public. For this reason, the emergence of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic concerns us very deeply and we are also doing our part in slowing the spread of the virus.

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Directions Volume 8 Publication

Directions Volume 8 Publication
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is excited to announce the publication of Volume 8 of Directions. This free publication contains academic papers published from September 2018-August 2019 on topics of Immigration and Nationalism, Hate Crime and Inequality, and Reconciliation.

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Capturing the Pulse of the Nation March 21 2020

Capturing the Pulse of the Nation March 21 2020
The CRRF, in partnership with the Association of Canadian Studies, have since 2017 published a number of reports that aim at “Capturing the Pulse of the Nation” on issues of racism and discrimination.

Our current report focusses on the state of race relations in Canada, in particular, the problems of racism and discrimination, and the state of inter-group relations as perceived by members of the Asian community. This focus is timely as it coincides with the global spread and impact of COVID-19 virus and instances of stigmatization of this community.

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Perceptions of Discrimination against Women in the Workplace

Perceptions of Discrimination against Women in the Workplace
Nearly half of immigrant visible minority women say that they often or sometimes encountered discrimination at their place of work because of the color of their skin. This is one of several key findings from a detailed survey of gender equality done the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Released in the aftermath of International Women's Day on March 8, the study is entitled "Gender equality and beyond" and looks at how discrimination often rises when gender intersects with visible minority and immigrant status.

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Race Relations in Canada 2019

Race Relations in Canada 2019
Toronto, December 10th.

In the spirit of improving Canadian race relations the CRRF annouces the release of a ground-breaking new survey.


Full report and data tables now available: Race Relations in Canada Survey 2019

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CRRF Public Service Announcement