April 2020
Volume 8 of Directions Journal
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation Announces Volume 8 of Directions Journal

Read our full statement HERE.

CRRF Publications:
  • The CRRF is excited to announce the publication of Volume 8 of Directions. This free publication contains academic papers published from September 2018-August 2019 on topics of Immigration and Nationalism, Hate Crime and Inequality, and Reconciliation. You can download the Journal here. 
  • The CRRF in partnership with the Vancouver School of Theology, has produced 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. 
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 our April Directions comes from Professor Augie Fleras. “’More Solitudes?’ Contextualizing Quebec’s Bill 21” is an original paper that analyzes Bill 21 from a Quebecois and Francophone perspective. In contrast to the previous published papers, this paper seeks to understand the Bill from a Francophone viewpoint by discussing various existing cultural aspects, societal factors, and Quebec realities in relation to religion and secularism.

Augie Fleras is an adjunct professor of sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo. He received his PhD. from Victoria University in Wellington, NZ with a focus on Maori Studies and Social Anthropology Throughout his career, Dr. Fleras has published some 30 books in addition to numerous book chapters, referred articles, and reports, with Future projects including a book on Postmulticulturalism (Peter Lang); another on Managing Diversity in Canada: Past, Present, Future (Desitter Publications); and a third book on 50 Years of Official Multiculturalism (UTP).

His research and publication interests include, the Politics of Indigeneity, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnic/Indigenous Relations, Media and Minorities, Social Inequality, Citizenship.

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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 continues to work remotely following the March 17, 2020 closing, and to collaborate with one another and with our partners by e-mails to facilitate social distancing, until further notice.

(2) All public events are cancelled until further notice.

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

For more information, please email: 

Community News
Read the following statements from our community networks regarding the rise of anti-racism sentiments:

1. ACT2endracism is a network of concerned citizens worried about escalating racist and violent attacks to Asian Canadians due to COVID-19. In just ten days more than 25 different community groups mobilized to work together to share resources, collect data and offer support. On April 27, 2020 the group  publicly supported Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer after online attacks escalated with a Conservative leader questioning her loyalty to Canada. To join the dialogue, go to their Twitter:@ACT2endracism Instagram: actoendracism Facebook: AsianCanadianstogether. A hate report line is available at

2. Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice statement on Anti-Asian Racism Rife Amid COVID-19 in Canada’s Largest Cities

3. National Association of Japanese Canadians statement on Racism linked to COVID-19

4. Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic statement on The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Casualty of COVID-19 and Let's Face Race 

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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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