Celebrating our diversity and shared values on Canada Day

TORONTO, July 1, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is joining Canadians from coast to coast in celebration of the country's 149th birthday on July 1, marking the end of the four-day national festivities titled "Celebrate Canada."

The CRRF began "Celebrate Canada" activities by holding a panel discussion on Bringing Communities together through Reconciliation on June 17 as part of the Diversity Expo. The CRRF also initiated social media campaigns for National Aboriginal Day on June 21 and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24. The CRRF went on to host a webinar focusing on storytelling from different traditions marking Multiculturalism Day on June 27. These activities were part of the CRRF's ongoing efforts to encourage everyone to embrace the promises of diversity and inclusion as we strive to foster a more open and compassionate society.

"The month of June was an opportunity to celebrate Canada's diverse communities, our country's multiculturalism and all we have in common," said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. "Events around the world and incidents at home remind us that there is still work that must be done to ensure respect for the full expression of multiculturalism, and the Canadian values remain a vital foundation for our nation. "We'll continue to broaden and deepen the conversation in Halifax, as we culminate our Roundtable series focusing on race relations and multiculturalism in Canada."

The CRRF will broaden and deepen the conversation in Halifax on July 11, when it culminates the Urban Agenda Roundtable Series focusing on the promises and challenges of diversity. The conversation will continue in October 2016, at its National Conference and Awards of Excellence, which will bring together thought leaders dedicated to strengthening our understanding and acceptance of Canadian values, belonging and identity. The theme for this year is "Realizing an Inclusive Canada: 2017 and Beyond."

"Canada Day reminds us of our shared responsibility to honour each other's inherent human dignity, to appreciate our cultural and religious diversity, and to support the mutuality of our rights and responsibilities as fellow citizens," said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF. "It behooves us to continue reaching out to each other, and in this connection, we invite everyone to look out for future community events that the CRRF will be hosting in your respective areas."

About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is a Crown Corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination. Its mission is to advance Canadian identity in the pursuit of positive race relations, equity, fairness, social inclusion  and dignity for all Canadians. The CRRF does this by providing independent, outspoken national leadership, informing national policies and public conversation, and acting as a resource and facilitator.

SOURCE Canadian Race Relations Foundation

For further information:

Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF abromberg@crrf-fcrr.ca, 416-508-9033


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