TORONTO, June 21, 2016 /CNW/ – On this National Aboriginal Day, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) joins in the celebration of Indigenous cultures in Canada while renewing its commitment as a national contributor to the ongoing efforts regarding reconciliation.
"June 21 is a day set aside to celebrate the unique cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada—First Nations, Inuit and Métis," said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF. "These celebrations are an important expression of honoring the human dignity that was so long denied. Set within National Aboriginal History Month, this is a time to refresh our commitment to move forward on issues around reconciliation and transformation. We call on all Canadians to redouble our efforts and determination to foster a kinder and more cohesive society for all."
Anita Bromberg, Executive Director of the CRRF added, "CRRF initiatives and surveys remind us why we must not only continue to celebrate Indigenous cultures, but also find ways to heal past wrongs and move toward a more inclusive society. The need to continue our work as a national voice to bring communities together was highlighted in our recent national survey conducted in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, which pointed to growing concerns around relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples."
To mark National Aboriginal Day, the CRRF will launch a week-long social media campaign focusing on Indigenous cultures and the need for reconciliation. The CRRF will highlight stories and interviews on social media featuring Indigenous leaders who have participated in CRRF initiatives and events, including 150 Stories, eRACE Virtual Book Club, Cross-Canada Workshops, Roundtables: The Urban Agenda and the Living Together Symposia.
The CRRF is urging the public to join the conversation. Let us know: How are you celebrating National Aboriginal Day and contributing to the conversation on reconciliation?
Follow the hashtag #NADCanada, our @CRRF Twitter account and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Facebook page to take part in the conversation, and to see all of our posts for National Aboriginal Day.
A video of the 2016 Diversity Expo panel, titled "Bringing Communities together through Reconciliation," will be also available on the CRRF website.
About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is a Crown Corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racial discrimination. Its mission is to advance Canadian identity in the pursuit of positive race relations, equity, fairness, social harmony 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 [email protected], 416-508-9033