Hyphenated identities and language policy at centre of 'The Power of Words,' latest issue of CRRF's Directions journal

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) today launched 'The Power of Words,' the latest issue of Directions a biannual academic journal featuring research from established and emerging scholars, community organizations and race relations practitioners.

In the current issue of Directions, the CRRF explores issues such as: how language in policy, media and daily interactions influence our experiences, identities and attitudes; how discourse can create unbalanced power relations and marginalize certain groups or individuals; and how we can use language to promote positive race relations in a harmonious Canada.

"'The Power of Words' speaks to the importance of reviewing and evolving social science terminology in response to changing demographics and settlement trends," said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. "In this issue, we explore why the concept of hyphenated Canadians and terms such as 'visible minorities,' 'newcomers,' and even 'race relations' require ongoing assessment and re-examination. In addition to thought-provoking research articles, 'The Power of Words' features creative writing and poems, book abstracts and trends pieces. "

"One of the main challenges the CRRF faces is gauging the state of race relations in Canada," said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF. "Directions offers a forum for important dialogue and debate on race-related issues and best practices, and practical recommendations for policy development and change."

The journal can be downloaded free of charge by visiting the CRRF website: http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/en/resources/directions-journal. It is also available in print, as a Kindle version, and for download through major online retailers.

SOURCE Canadian Race Relations Foundation

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


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