TORONTO, October, 2005 - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) will present its prestigious Award for Lifetime Achievement to Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at its 10th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The event begins with a reception at 6 pm.
Madame Arbour resigned as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada to take up the post as UN High Commissioner. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, she served as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. She has also served at different levels of the Ontario Court and as a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School.
The CRRF was established as part of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement of 1988 to be supportive of communities in Canada who were wronged, particularly because of their race. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act was brought into force on October 28, 1996. The Foundation opened its doors a year later as a Crown Corporation, operating at arm's length from the federal government and has registered charitable status.
The following may be available for pre-event interviews on the history of the Foundation: