March 2020
Spirit of Reconciliation
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Read our full statement HERE.

CRRF International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination month events:
  • The CRRF in partnership with the Vancouver School of Theology, is pleased to produce the Spirit of Reconciliation guidebook. The Guidebook brings forward personal feelings, experiences and beliefs that touch upon many different aspects and perspectives of reconciliation. You can download the guidebook here. 
  • The CRRF in partnership with the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy hosted a Round table event in Vancouver on March 9, 2020. The event report and panel recording can be found here. 
CRRF Surveys
We  invite Canadians to visit our website to review the findings of our new surveys.

The CRRF, in partnership with the Association of Canadian Studies, has published its report on Capturing the Pulse of the Nation. This report focuses on the state of race relations in Canada, in particular, the problems of racism and discrimination, and the state of inter-group relations as perceived by members of the Asian community.  This focus is timely as it coincides with the global spread and impact of COVID-19 virus and instances of stigmatization of this community. The survey was conducted by the firm Leger Marketing, with a sample of 1479 Canadians nationally via web panel during the week of March 9th, 2020. It has a probabilistic margin of error of 2.5 percent 19 times out of 20.  The report can be viewed here.
A second survey, produced in partnership with the Association of Canadian Studies, is called Perceptions Discrimination against Women in the Workplace. Nearly half of immigrant visible minority women say that they often or sometimes encountered discrimination at their place of work because of the color of their skin. Released in the aftermath of March 8's International Women's Day, the study is entitled "Gender equality and beyond" and looks at how discrimination often rises when gender intersects with visible minority and immigrant status.

The report may be found here.
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Directions Journal

We are pleased to announce that the March submission in Directions comes from Phil Lord of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. “What is the True Purpose of Quebec’s Bill 21?” explores two contrasting perspectives on Quebec’s secularism law. Is Bill 21 a suitable method to achieve secularism? What is the social and historical context behind this bill. 

Phil Lord is an LL.M. candidate at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. He holds LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees from the same institution. Phil is a lawyer and asset manager. His research (published, forthcoming, and in progress) focusses on social inequality, disability, children’s literature, and new religious movements.

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COVID-19 Notice

The emergence of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic concerns us very deeply and we are also doing our part in slowing the spread of the virus. We are fulfilling our responsibilities to the communities we serve by taking the following measures until further notice:

(1) CRRF’s staff will work from home, and to collaborate with one another and with our partners by e-mails to facilitate social distancing, starting March 17, 2020 until further notice.

(2) Our Canada Lecture cancelled in Winnipeg this month.

(3) All March public events are cancelled.

We are carefully monitoring analyses by the World Health Organization and by Canadian public health authorities, regional authorities, and we are following their advice, as well as guidelines from the federal government.

For more information, please email: 

CRRF Webinars
Building Inclusive Organizations

The question of diversity is part of the debate, the conversation, about our democracy and our national identity. Diversity is an unavoidable reality. Inclusion, however, is a choice. 

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CRRF Resources

Learning about Racism

The CRRF is developing an exclusive on-line program that will bring together a “faculty” of subject matter experts to create a curriculum and a set of reading materials.

Learners, drawn from multiple sectors, will read provided material and participate in courses led by faculty members who are experts in the topic of discussion. 

Find out more.

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