The Canadian Race Relations Foundation held the 2012 Symposium and Awards of Excellence at The Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 17-19, 2012.
More than 200 participants from across Canada attended this biennial national event, represented by a broad spectrum of public, government, not-for-profit and private organizations.
The opening plenary included:
The workshops and plenaries explored a broad range of issues:
Presenters represented perspectives from the public sector, police, community, academic and research institutions, ethno-cultural and faith-based groups.
The Awards Ceremony was held on October 18, 2012 at The Westin Nova Scotian. The Award of Excellence recognizes public, private, and voluntary organizations whose efforts represent excellence and innovation in race relations in Canada.
A major component of the Symposium is the Awards of Excellence event. The Awards recognize Best Practices in race relations and highlight the achievements of organizations committed to and working towards the elimination of racism and racial discrimination in Canada.
Six winners and five honourable mentions were selected by the Jury in the following categories: Aboriginal, Community, Corporate, Education, Government and Youth. 2012 Award of Excellence Recipients >
The event featured a performance by Bhowesa Nkazana (translated You Go Girl) from Zimbabwe. The Awards were presented by Dr. Ayman Al-Yassini, former CRFF Executive Director, and Madeleine Ziniak.
The 2012 Symposium and Awards of Excellence would not have been possible without the generous support of its partners and sponsors.