Canadian Race Relations Foundation hosting Toronto Roundtable with Lieutenant Governor to mark Human Rights Day

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is hosting a Roundtable discussion focusing on countering racism to mark this year's upcoming Human Rights Day.

The Roundtable, to be held on Dec. 7, 2016 in the presence of the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will bring together community leaders and thought-leaders to discuss the ways in which Canadians can continue fighting racism and promoting social harmony.

A panel of speakers, moderated by Hannah Sung of the Globe and Mail, will share their own experiences with racism while offering their views on best practices and next steps in countering racism. They will discuss various issues including: the main challenges in countering racism today; what we can learn from youth as we move forward; social media and the challenges to speaking out against racism; and how we can bring divided communities together.

"The theme for this year's Human Rights Day, 'Stand up for someone's rights today,' is very pertinent to today," said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. "We believe the need to come together and fight racism in this era of rising tensions between communities is more important than ever."

WHO:   Opening and closing remarks:

  • The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation
  • Hannah Sung, Video Journalist, Globe and Mail
  • Avi Benlolo, CEO, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
  • Mitchell Case, Youth Representative, Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Dr. Alvin Curling, former Ontario MPP and former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Marina Nemat, Author
  • Sadia Zaman, Author and Journalist

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lieutenant Governor's Suite, Queen's Park, Toronto

Members of the public are invited to register for the Roundtable here.

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 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: / 416-508-9033


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