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.

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

Metropolis

Nicole Miller

Education Innovation segment panellist

 

Nicole Miller has worked for FAST for over 7 years, successfully promoting and distributing the first educational program Choose Your Voice, aimed at middle schools. She manages staff in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan/Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Quebec. In 2014, with a team of 20 curriculum experts at OISE, she coordinated the development of the new online high school program, Voices into Action, launched last year. Nicole was born in South Africa and at age 12, moved to Toronto with her family. After graduating from McGill University with a BA in Languages, she moved to New York and did a BFA in Communication Design at Parsons School of Design. She started her career in New York and lived there for 12 years, returning to Canada in 1996. Her background as a marketing and advertising Creative Director for over 25 years, has served well in promoting the FAST programs. She is committed to human rights and fighting all forms of intolerance.

Pauline Théoret

Education Innovation segment panellist

 

Pauline Théoret is a passionate program officer with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). As a member of the International and Social Justice team, Pauline is responsible for CTF’s social justice work with schools, from the local and national perspectives. She’s also engaged in development cooperation work at the global level. Over the years, she has coordinated the development of numerous teacher projects and classroom resources on a variety of social justice issues that provide transformative learning opportunities for students.

Aviva Chernick

Virtual Classroom
Panellist

 

The soulful lead singer of Juno-nominated world-music ensemble Jaffa Road, Aviva Chernick is also a cantorial soloist. Featured in The Faith Project, she leads prayer sessions and devotional workshops in Jewish communities in and around Toronto and is also a guest facilitator for congregations across North America.

Kashif Pasta

Virtual Classroom
Panellist

 

Filmmaker and entrepreneur Kashif Pasta is a co-founder of Dunya Media and a Faith Project participant. Through multi-platform storytelling he explores issues relevant to North America’s South Asian and Muslim communities. Pasta has worked with Simon Fraser University, Metro Vancouver and Razjan, among other brands.

Lisa Charleyboy

Virtual Classroom
Moderator

 

Moderator Lisa Charleyboy is a First Nations CBC host, writer and social entrepreneur living in Toronto. Her radio show, New Fire, explores Aboriginal youth issues. Charleyboy is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of Urban Native Magazine, which focuses on pop culture with an Indigenous twist.

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