TORONTO, February 22, 2013 /CNW/ - On Thursday February 21, 2013, the Principal Operating Officer of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Rubin Friedman, wrote to convey congratulations to the new Ambassador to the Office of Religious Freedom.
In his letter, he stressed the importance of this new role for Canada internationally and noted the experience of the CRRF in efforts to build a common framework for interfaith participation with others in Canadian life.
He noted that the CRRF "has over the last year been leading a project on Interfaith and Belonging ...with a large number of nationally based faith organizations...supported by funding from the Department of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada".
Albert Lo, Chair of the CRRF, added, "In Canada we have accepted that such a common framework must be based on the Canadian values of human rights and mutual respect. As this approach may also be part of the Ambassador's work, we would be pleased to meet him to discuss our experience with these efforts and how we might be of any other assistance in his consultations with communities in Canada."