TORONTO, March 16, 2005 - In the recent budget, the federal government set aside $56 million over five years to implement a national action plan against racism. The action plan is a requirement of the Declaration and Programme of Action agreed to at the World Conference Against Racism in 2001.
Will "the plan" tackle the race-related issues that Calgarians have come face-to-face with recently: Issues such as: racial profiling, the racism experienced by Chinese Canadians and Canadians of African and other origins.
Members of the Board of the CRRF, including Patrick Case, the Chair, and Dr. Karen Mock, Executive Director, can be made available for media interviews on racism in Canada and what the national action plan should look like.
Members of the Board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation meet in Calgary starting on March 17 to 21, 2005. While the board meeting is private, the Foundation will host or participate in a number of events (see below).
The following events are open to the media:
Friday, March 18, 2005 @ 5.30 pm
Re-launch of the Foundation's journal of research and policy on eliminating racism. This issue includes a feature article by Senator Donald Oliver:Systemic racism in Canada and its economic costs
The University Club, MacEwan Centre
460, 4th Floor
National Youth Antiracism Network (NYAN) Launch Conference
Saturday, March 19th @ 6.00 pm
CRRF Youth Award of Excellence in antiracism practices Ramada Hotel (Grand Ballroom)