Canada is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse societies on the planet, and steadily becoming more so over time. At the same time, racism and discrimination remains an underlying reality in Canada, and people with racialized identities and backgrounds face ongoing challenges, both at a personal and an institutional level. The state of race relations in Canada today is not a single story. Some see an uplifting story of dramatic changes from previous generations, and the expanding inclusion of Canadians from different races in all walks of life. Others see an urgent need to address persistent systemic racism that continues to oppress the lives and opportunities of racialized individuals and communities. Both realities exist, and both stories need to be told. In 2019 the Canadian Race Relations Foundation partnered with the Environics Institute for Survey Research to conduct a landmark study of race relations in Canada, which focuses on Canadians’ attitudes, perceptions and experiences as they pertain to important dimensions of race relations. This survey – the first of its kind in Canada - is national in scope and includes significant representation of the country’s largest racial groups (Chinese, Black, South Asian, and Indigenous Peoples) in order to reflect the perspectives of racialized and non-racialized Canadians. The webinar will feature a presentation of the survey results by the study’s director, Dr. Keith Neuman, followed by Q and A.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this webinar.
Panelist: Keith Neuman
Keith Neuman, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate with the Environics Institute for Survey Research, a non-profit research organization founded in 2006 to promote public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change in Canada. The Institute sees public opinion research as a valuable lens that enables organizations and citizens to better understand their own diverse and evolving society. Over the past decade, Keith has directed a number of ground-breaking studies, including surveys with Muslims, Jews, Urban Indigenous Peoples, the Black community, Millennials, and currently with Syrian refugees across the country. He has also conducted landmark research on such topics as race relations, reconciliation, social capital, immigration, and citizenship. Keith holds a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Research Insights Council. He is a frequent media commentator on social trends and public opinion.
Moderator: Len Rudner
Len Rudner is director of Len Rudner & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in community advocacy, diversity and inclusion, and human rights. He is the former Director of Community Relations and Outreach at the Center for Israeli and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
Prior to working for CIJA, Len held various roles at the Canadian Jewish Congress, as Regional Director for Ontario, National Director of Community Relations, and Director of Community Relations for Ontario. He represented the position of the Jewish community on a variety of issues, including anti-Semitism, workplace discrimination, reasonable accommodations, and denial of the Holocaust. He has represented the CIJA and the CJC at international conferences on Holocaust education, anti-Semitism, hate speech and freedom of expression.