2012 Awards of Excellence

2012 Award of Excellence Recipients

Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR)

Sector: Aboriginal

SABAR seeks to address the media in a positive manner. Media competitors working together for this common purpose was the inspiration and the role model for other media organizations working towards similar goals internationally. SABAR works to increase the contribution of Aboriginal Peoples in all aspects of the Canadian media and to promote accurate, respectful, and balanced media coverage of Aboriginal issues. The Alliance is a best practice tool for creating positive and mutually-beneficial partnerships with Aboriginal communities in Canada.

Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary (c.a.r.e. for Ethno-cultural Children & Youth) and the University of Calgary

Sector: Education

Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary (ISCC) was created in 2001 as a result of a systems-wide evaluation of the Calgary immigrant-serving sector. A recommendation to form a collaborative multi-stakeholder body to address issues and trends affecting the Calgary immigrant-serving sector was made and ISCC was born. Through good practice and service-learning methodology, ISCC created educational experiences where students participated in an organized service activity to meet community needs. This helped participants gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

The Mosaic Institute

Sector: Community

The Mosaic Institute is a "think and do" tank that works closely with Canada's ethno-cultural communities who have cultural, social, and familial ties to entrenched conflicts to explore ways in which Canadians' commitment to pluralism and peace can help to reduce conflict and to promote development. Through its South Asian-Canadian Global Citizenship Project, the Mosaic Institute enabled the sharing of common experiences and helped increase participants' attachment to Canada and to each other. The project also encouraged them to become more involved in helping to define and enhance Canada's contributions to peace and development in the world.

Canada Safeway Limited

Sector: Corporate

Safeway is a publicly traded company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America. A diverse workforce is representative of the clientele. Diversity is valued by the company and there are programs created with this in mind. Safeway's best practice is an eight-hour workshop that is attended by every member of the management team, and its annual Internal Assessment that includes each district manager reporting to auditors on their initiatives to support and encourage diversity and workplace inclusion.

B.C. Hate Crimes Team (BCHCT)

Sector: Government

The BCHCT was created in 1997 with a mandate to ensure effective identification, investigation and prosecution of crimes motivated by hate and racism. Since then, there has also been recognition that prevention, community education and engagement in addressing racism and hate are essential components of the BCHCT's work. BCHCT is an integrated team across government that engages in collaborative projects and programs that help prevent racism and hate. The Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program created positive impact and outcomes at a community level and provided the BCHCT with valuable information and community relationships to further our understanding on how to address racism and hate in B.C.

Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education

Sector: Youth

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education (formerly The Canadian Human Rights Foundation) was founded in 1967 by a group of scholars and social activists to advance democracy, human development, peace and social justice through education programs. John Humphrey, one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was a founding member. Equitas's The Speaking Rights Toolkit supports and develops youth leadership skills and participation while promoting respect for diversity, inclusion, acceptance, cooperation and respect. It also provides concrete opportunities for youth to express their opinions and take action in areas that are important to them.

Honourable Mention

Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT)

Sector: Aboriginal

AHT is a vision of the late Elder, Joe Sylvester. Initial efforts began with a diabetes research project, and then grew into a more comprehensive approach to health care for the Aboriginal community. Anishnawbe Health Resources was incorporated in 1984. One objective was "to recover, record and promote Traditional Aboriginal practices where possible and appropriate". The Aboriginal Cultural Safety Initiative is an educational seminar with a focus on Aboriginal cultural competency and cultural safety for health sciences students in colleges and universities in Ontario.

Osgoode Hall Law School and Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Sector: Education

The clinical education programs at Osgoode Hall Law School are the most extensive in Canada and among the most innovative in the world. The Anti-Discrimination Intensive Program (ADIP) provides a rich learning experience to law students who learn about Ontario's human rights system and access to justice by engaging in legal work. It is an important new avenue that promotes anti-racism in Ontario and offers promise for enhancing access to justice for disadvantaged racialized persons, by enforcing substantive rights and achieving legal remedies.

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies & Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA)

Sector: Community

AMSSA was born in Vernon in 1977 when multicultural organizations came together to create a common voice for communicating with governments and the public to find ways to promote multiculturalism in BC. AMSSA was intended to be a resource centre/clearing house of information, but that changed and now comprises of over 75 societies providing education and immigrant settlement services under AMSSA's umbrella. The Safe Harbour: Respect for All, AMSSA's best practice, is an interactive curriculum involving scenarios and discussion to explore stereotyping, bias, power, privilege, and marginalization and offers practical ways to address discrimination.

Victoria Police Department

Sector: Government

Constable Brookes of the Victoria Police Department was "volunteered" by his wife to be a male chaperone for a multicultural camp several years ago that was run by the Victoria schools district. Brookes realized that today's youth were being exposed to adult issues and misinformation at a young age and that they did not have the tools or moral compass to deal this. Through its Youth for Change and Inclusion program, the Department educates youth about the issues surrounding ethnic, racial, religious and cultural differences, and makes them more responsible citizens of society. The curriculum was also expanded to involve police officers.

Bringing Youth Towards Equality (B.Y.T.E.)

Sector: Youth

In 1998, when Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE) was founded, there was a large disconnect between youth in the Yukon and the rest of the population. Youth lacked a voice. B.Y.T.E. began to surface out of this need to give youth a voice. The work is still generated out of youth ideas, plans, and initiatives. Its best practice, B.Y.T.E. University Handbook, is a guide designed for each of facilitator about being an effective youth leader. It is used as the basis for group training sessions, where covering the importance of facilitation philosophy and other critical information, such as First Nations history and culture.

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