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.

CRRF National Conversations

Are you 18-35 years of age and interested in attending a focus group on race relations? The CRRF is holding a National Youth Conversation in partnership with the Mosaic Institute on August 28th from 5:30-8pm. Come dialogue with us about issues of hate crime, the rise of hate, and race relations. For more details and to register, please click below.

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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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We are Canada

We are Canada
Gouled Hassan, Manager at Laurentian University and a leader in immigrant support

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

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Directions – July 2019

We are pleased to announce that the July submission in Directions comes from Sheila Block, senior economist and public commentator with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi. “Persistent Inequality” was first published for the CCPA. While our May publication of “Losing Ground” tackled the problems of income inequality, this month’s publication of “Persistent Inequality” examines the racialized income gap and the labour market experiences of racialized and non-racialized Ontario workers. By comparing 2006 with 2016 census data from Statistics Canada, this paper explores the seemingly colour coded labour market and the policies needed to tackle barriers to employment equity.

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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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The Our Canada Project

Exploring Canadian values through culture, faith and identity

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation has developed Our Canada as a three-year initiative to heighten awareness, understanding and respect for Canadian values and traditions. It will culminate in the historic opportunity to celebrate these values and traditions as part of Canada's Sesquicentennial in 2017. The Canadian Government's focus on highlighting milestones of Canada's history from Confederation to the present time presents an opportunity for the CRRF to pay tribute to, and celebrate, our collective pride in our diversity, and our multicultural and democratic principles.

The CRRF has identified the opportunity to further Canadians' understanding of, and respect for, Canadian values and traditions by engaging people throughout Canada in discussions and activities that recognize diversity as a national asset, and promote core Canadian values and civic engagement as everyone's contribution to building a stronger country. Our Canada will effectually construct a national framework for dialogue on Canadian values and promote a deeper sense of identity for all Canadians.

Our Canada will leverage the CRRF's online resource capabilities, which were enhanced in 2014 with a robust online bibliographic search capacity. The project will also build on the achievements of Interfaith & Belonging – A Civic Education and Engagement Initiative.

Beginning with the release of the CRRF's Report on Canadian Values, which includes a national survey, expert interviews and research conducted on currently existing studies on values, Our Canada will seek to deliver programs and products across the country that raise awareness and consciousness of the shared values of all Canadians.

The initiatives being designed under the project include:

  • Canada 150, a collection of unique stories, released once a week for 150 weeks, that celebrate and promote Canadian values.
  • Cross-Canada symposia held in nine major cities to discuss and promote Canadian values.
  • Cross-Canada workshops for diversity and inclusion leaders to increase awareness of acknowledging faith in the workplace.
  • Youth Canada cafés across the country designed to engage youth in the conversation about Canadian values.
  • A national video competition for youth that will engage schools across the country in the conversation.

Several additional programs are also being planned to enhance project outcomes.

Our Canada will work closely with a Leadership Circle consisting of representatives from organizations, who have been selected for their expertise, knowledge and outreach capabilities. Together with the Leadership Circle, Our Canada will establish an awareness and understanding of Canadian values and identity that are reflective of Canadian diversity and inclusive of the perspectives of Aboriginal Peoples, Francophones and newcomers.

Our Canada will lay the groundwork for building a harmonious society made up of multiple cultures, faiths and ethnicities, working and living side by side, as we celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial and the next 150 years.

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