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.

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

Symposium: Yellowknife

Chloe Dragon Smith

Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman from the Northwest Territories. Growing up on the land has played a huge part in shaping her life. She cares about nature, culture, society, and how they all fit together. She is back in the north after spending several good years in Victoria, BC, completing a B.Sc in Earth Science.

Iman Kassam

Iman Kassam is a journalist, artist, and activist living in Yellowknife, NWT. She studied Mass Communications and Radio Broadcasting in Ontario, and now works for APTN National News as a videojournalist and writer. Iman also helped form NWT Pride, a three-day festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in the NWT. Her family immigrated to Canada from Uganda and Zaïre, and she has been living in Canada's North for the past five years.

Dëneze Nakehk'o

Dëneze Nakehk'o is a Denesuline and Dehcho Dene Dad from Denendeh. He works to create a better appreciation and understanding of Dene knowledge systems and values. Dëneze is a former broadcaster with CKLB, CBC and APTN, and one of the founding members of Dene Nahjo.

Rita Mueller

Rita Mueller has called the Northwest Territories “home” since 1989. She currently resides and works in Behchoko, and has lived and worked in a variety of different communities including Fort Resolution, Yellowknife, and Hay River.

Rita is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of the Northwest Territories' Department of Education, Culture, and Employment (ECE). A respected community member, Rita has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tłįcho Community Services Agency (TCSA), the Director of Early Childhood and K-12 School Services for ECE, and was the principal of Chief Jimmy Bruneau Regional High School (CJBS) in Behchoko for 13 years.

Rita was appointed to the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board on September 5, 2008. Along with being the Federal-appointed board member of the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board, Rita is also an elected Councillor of the Community Government of Behchoko and, since 2006, she has contributed to the educational mandate of the NWT Human Rights Commission as a NWT Human Rights Commission Member.

Nazim Awan

Nazim Awan is Chair, Islamic Centre of Yellowknife. He is also an Economic Development Advisor with the Government of Canada.