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.

Recap: 2018-2019 CRRF Annual Public Meeting

Recap: 2018-2019 CRRF Annual Public Meeting
Toronto, ON -
On Saturday, November 2nd 2019 the Canadian Race Relations Foundation hosted its 22nd Annual Public Meeting. The general public was invited to attend as CRRF staff, volunteers, consultants and executive leadership addressed the public and highlighted some of the achievements from the foundation’s past twelve months, as laid out in its 2018-19 Annual Report.

The CRRF Executive Director Lilian Ma greets guests with a Land Acknowledgment and recaps the Foundations ongoing programs.

The Foundation's Chairperson, Teresa Woo-Paw, looks at the challenges ahead and thanks the Finance & Audit Committee for their Financial Report.

Full video recap coming soon.

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We are Canada

We are Canada
Frantz Brent-Harris,
Sculptor and graphic designer, Toronto

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

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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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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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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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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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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.