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.

We are Canada

We are Canada
Izabo Deschênes, Medical student at the University of Ottawa

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is proud to present the project Nous sommes le Canada - We are Canada

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Announcing the 2019 CRRF Annual Public Meeting

When: Sat, 2 November 2019 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Where: CRRF Offices
6 Garamond Court Suite 225 Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5

This event is free and open to the public, but your registration is kindly requested for logistical purposes.

Copies of the CRRF Annual Report may be downloaded here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Canadian Race Relations Foundation at

Register Here

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Read our 2018-2019 Annual Report

Read our 2018-2019 Annual Report
Read the CRRF 2018-2019 Annual Report, wherein we reflect on the challenges of the last year.

With the increase of hate speech and technological disrupters, we must soldier on and work for a Canada with improved race relations.

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Canadian Anti-Racism Action Program

The Department of Canadian Heritage is launching a call for funding applications for the new Anti-Racism Action Program, which will provide funding for projects that help address barriers to employment, justice and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities.

The deadline to submit an application for funding is December 17, 2019.

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CRRF National Conversations

CRRF National Conversations
On August 28th, along with our colleagues from the Mosaic Institute, the CRRF brought together Canadian youths for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion about the direction of race relations, our future and systemic barriers. Said one of our attendees: “It is a cliché sometimes to say that youth are our future, but it really comes down to the future you create” With insights like these, it’s clear to see we are in good hands.

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Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s open-access journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination. We are currently looking for contributors for Directions and hope you will share your expertise, experience and research with us!

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On June 16, 2019, the National Assembly of Quebec passed Bill 21 into law. Critics contend that the legislation interferes with the ability of individuals to practice their faith and places members of some faith communities in the untenable position of having to choose between their faith and employment.The CRRF invites you to share your opinion with our readers.

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Remembering Redress by Those Who Were There: Celebrating Those Who Stood with Us in Our Need

Please join Japanese Canadians for Social Justice for a special celebration to acknowledge and thank those who stood with Japanese Canadians during their times of trial on Saturday, October 5, 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity. For more information and to register, please click below!

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Canada's new anti-racism strategy

The announcement of Canada’s new anti-racism strategy, Building a Foundation for Change: Canada's Anti-Racism Strategy 2019–2022, provides an important roadmap for the ongoing fight against racism and discrimination. The establishment of a federal Anti-Racism Secretariat and a commitment to a partnership between the federal, provincial and territorial governments bodes well for progress towards a more inclusive public service and progress towards equity in employment, social participation and justice. We look forward to working with the government, the public sector and the wider community to move forward on the targets of the strategy.

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Canadian Youth Reconciliation Barometer 2019

The Canadian Youth Reconciliation Barometer is a new social research study intended to establish benchmark indicators for the state of reconciliation among the country’s youth that can also provide a foundation for monitoring progress over time. The primary focus of this research is on beliefs, attitudes, priorities, behaviors and experiences as they pertain to relevant dimensions of Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations, and reconciliation in particular. This initiative is a joint venture of the Environics Institute for Survey Research, Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE), and the MasterCard Foundation. Read the full report for details and results.

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2019 Blackness in Canada Policy Networking Conference Call for Papers

The Conference Organizer is inviting proposals (approximately 1-3 pages) for papers for this policy dialogue. Proposals should address at least one of the four themes and related questions listed below concerning Blackness in Canada.
  1. (1) The Black Canadian population as a national ethnoracial identity.
  2. (2) Investigating how the experiences of Black Canadians are shaped by intersecting social, political, and economic factors.
  3. (3) Determining the most promising strategies, techniques and approaches to alleviate anti-Black racism experienced by them.
  4. (4) Building a public policy network(s) and knowledge sharing partnership(s) aimedat influencing policy development, implementation and outcomes.

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Lea Barbosa-Leclerc

Lea Barbosa-Leclerc was born in the Philippines. At the early age of 16, she immigrated to Yellowknife, NT, Canada with her father and joined her oldest sister. Upon arrival to Yellowknife, she attended St. Patrick High School. She graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1999. She is a nurse educator in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Aurora College. She is registered with Canadian Nurses Association’s (CNA) Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) Care Centre as a mentor for internationally educated nurses choosing to relocate to Canada. She is a wife, a mother of 2, a sister to 11 siblings, an active volunteer in multiple ministries at a local Catholic Church and in the community.

When she’s not at work or volunteering in the community, Lea prefers to spend quiet time with her family or reading mystery books. Lea is currently the President of the Philippine Cultural Association of Yellowknife (PCAY). Despite her 5’1” stature, she has a strong voice, has a no non-sense attitude and receives a reputation for leading by example. Today, Lea’s strong personal purpose and passion lies in helping newcomers make Canada, especially the North their new home. She’s determined to preserve the culture, history & memories of the Philippines within the four walls of Canada’s north. She’s been described as innovative, trusted, and possesses the determination necessary to get the job done.

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