VANCOUVER, Feb. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is proud to announce two exciting events in British Columbia, under a unique program—In Conversation - Building Bridges for Canada.
The first is a Lifetime Achievement Award and Community Recognition Dinner to take place the evening of March 2, at the Riverside Grand Ballroom, 1231 Burdette Street, Richmond, B.C., during which Arthur K. Miki, CM, OM, will be presented with the CRRF Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award was established in 2003 to acknowledge and honour individuals who exemplify the principles espoused in the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act, and who have made outstanding contributions towards positive race relations in Canada.
A highly respected educator, author and community advocate, Mr. Miki has played a vital role in advancing the principles of equality and social cohesion across Canada. Recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba and Honorary Doctorate from the University of Winnipeg, Mr. Miki is most deserving of this celebration of his commitment and dedication.
In addition, the Award Dinner will also celebrate the outstanding achievements of four community leaders and organizations for their positive contribution to race relations in Canada. Recipients of the Community Champion Special Award are the Inter-faith for World Peace Society, Dr. Aziz Khaki (to be presented posthumously), Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk and Dr. Alan Lau.
The second event, a day-long conference entitled In Conversation: Multiculturalism in Greater Vancouver under the CRRF's Interfaith and Belonging initiative, will take place on March 3, at the Westin Wall Centre, Richmond, BC. Part of a series of Canada-wide consultations and workshops, the Conference will focus on multiculturalism, social harmony and prosperity in Metropolitan Vancouver, a region noted for its ethno-cultural diversity. Delegates will have an opportunity to examine the successes and challenges of multiculturalism in the area, and the role of Canadian values in strengthening our sense of belonging and engagement.
The CRRF is Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and the promotion of harmonious race relations in the country. Created 25 years ago as part of the historic Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement, the Foundation's governing legislation was proclaimed in 1996, and its doors opened in 1997. Its mission is to provide independent, outspoken national leadership, to inform national policies and public conversations, to act as a resource and to help advance Canadian identity in the pursuit of positive race relations, equity, fairness, social harmony and dignity for all Canadians.
The Interfaith and Belonging initiative, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is designed to promote national dialogue on interfaith co-operation and communications, and civic education and engagement. The objective is to enhance the civic participation and responsibility of faith communities and to strengthen their sense of belonging to Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Race Relations Foundation
For further information:
Rubin Friedman, CRRF Spokesperson