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dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

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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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CRRF Strategic Planning

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is embarking on a strategic planning process with its Board of Directors. They have hired Toronto-based consulting firm HSC Vision Group (consultants Gary Sandor and Anu Radha Verma) to facilitate the strategic planning process.

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We are Canada

We are Canada
Xixi Li, supporting Asian immigrants as director of Sino-Québec

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

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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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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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Directions- June 2019

For the National Indigenous Month of June, we are pleased to announce that the submission in Directions comes from Professor Naiomi Metallic (LL.M). Directions is honoured to be the first to publish “Celebrating 30 Years of the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq” and make this article accessible to all. Established in 1989 at the Schulich School of Law, this initiative seeks to increase representation of Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq in the legal profession in order to reduce discrimination. This article celebrates the IB&M’s success in this aspect, as well as giving students a safe space and community to flourish during their studies and beyond. As a IB&M Initiative alumna herself, Naiomi Metallic discusses why this initiative is necessary, its never-ending positives, and how its graduates are making a difference and giving back to the community in various ways.

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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.