Produced in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) interactive iPad app and website, featuring seven short films, offers a unique and intimate look at how young Canadians from different backgrounds weave faith into their daily lives. This immersive media experience was conceived by the NFB in collaboration with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), directed by Chris Romeike and written by Shiraz Janjua.
The Faith Project offers users a deeper understanding of the diverse face of religion in Canada today. The articulate, busy young women and men at the heart of The Faith Project view their faith not as an obligation but as a key part of their identity and place in the world. Whether it’s smudging or singing, a mandir or a mosque, a Siddur or the Bible, it’s clear that spiritual practice is essential to the bustling, stressful daily lives of these young Canadians. As users shuttle between The Faith Project’s seven short cinematic portraits, striking commonalities emerge between these personal expressions of faith. The full-screen, intimate experiences facilitated by these platforms allow users to utterly sink in and search—as the practitioners themselves do—for a contemplative orientation in a noisy world. Set in a specifically Canadian context, the website and app also include supplementary content that deepens users’ understanding of each subject’s faith.
From 2011 to 2014, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's Interfaith and Belonging project team travelled across Canada to generate dialogue and civic engagement among and between faith-based and Diaspora communities. The project goals were to enhance civic participation and engagement, and explore the themes of identity, human rights, belonging and Canadian values.
With the assistance of a Leadership Circle made of faith, community, policy and educational leaders, the project explored arising issues and ways in which they might be addressed.
The project conﬁrms that there is an opportunity to engage 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 Canada. The CRRF looks forward to building on the substantial partnerships formed, and sharing the knowledge gained to further Canadians' understanding of and respect for Canadian values and traditions.