Amidst the sea change in the race relations environment both nationally and internationally, 2018 has been a year of increased efforts in discussion, dialogue, as well as celebration at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. The double 30th anniversaries of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act and the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement, as well as the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, allowed us to examine the legacy of these documents, and their continued impact on society today.
Through our webinar series, we featured experts who posed probing questions related to issues of reconciliation, the black experience in Canada, and the statistical concept of 'visible minority.'
We have made a special focus on youth this year. We have begun gauging how young people deal with issues of racism and race relations in Canada, via focus group consultations with youth in Winnipeg on May 27th.
We have continued to share our educational curricula Doing the Right Thing with school groups and school boards across Canada, and will be launching the CRRF Educational Book Club for Teachers in January 2019.
We have continued to monitor alarming developments in the documenting of racism in Canada, including recent news around hate crime statistics, and we are working to support research/educational programs that aim to address the root causes of these issues. We continue to ensure that the CRRF has a strong voice in consultations around issues of racism in Canada, including participation from some board member and two of our CRRF youth ambassadors in the national anti-racism consultations conducted by the Government of Canada.
Our 2018 Awards of Excellence event, held in Winnipeg on September 27th, allowed us to highlight exceptional Best Practices in fighting racism and promoting race relations, and celebrated 14 Community Champions who made this their life's work.
Organizationally, the CRRF bids fond farewells to long-standing board members Ashraf Ghanem and Rubin Friedman, as well as Chairperson Albert Lo. We thank them for their long service and devotion to the CRRF. We would also like to thank those staff members who left us this year for their hard work, passion, and working towards the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.
The CRRF warmly welcomes Teresa Woo-Paw as our new chairperson, as well as the three new board members appointed this year. Under the new board, the CRRF will be building on successes from the past to carry on with its mission to facilitate better race relations and to eliminate racism in Canada.
As we head into the holiday period, the CRRF is grateful for your support of our work, and we thank the partners and donors who have faith in our organization. We look forward to working with you in 2019.
Teresa Woo-Paw Lilian Ma
Chairperson Executive Director
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