"Inclusive Canada: 2017 and Beyond" - Canadian Race Relations Foundation hosting its National Conference and Awards of Excellence

TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Issues of racism, diversity and Canadian values continue to challenge and divide Canadians. As the country prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017, what will the future of Canada look like?

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is hosting its 2016 National Conference and Awards of Excellence – "Inclusive Canada: 2017 and Beyond" on Oct. 26 and 27. The event, which will take place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, will bring communities together through interactive presentations and hands-on breakout sessions to discuss the challenges and promises ahead. 

"We want to explore the issues that threaten to divide us, and craft an action plan for the future," said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. "We are inviting Canadians from coast-to-coast to take part in this conversation, and to find solutions that will allow us to establish a more unified, inclusive and racially equitable society."


Hon. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C., Chair, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Ambassador, Reconciliation Canada

Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights

Zarqa Nawaz, Author and Creator, Little Mosque on the Prairie

Mark Saunders, Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service

The conference will feature more than 80 speakers. For the full conference agenda and list of speakers, click here.


Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 27


Opening welcome: 9 a.m., Keynote address: 9:30 a.m.

Workshops and plenary sessions: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CRRF Annual Public Meeting: 5 – 7 p.m.


Greetings: 8:45 a.m., Keynote address: 9 a.m.

Workshops and plenary sessions: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Awards of Excellence dinner: 6 – 9 p.m.


Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z4


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: abromberg@crrf-fcrr.ca / 416-508-9033; OR Corinne Ton That, Communications and Outreach Associate, CRRF: cton@crrf-fcrr.ca / 416-441-1900 ext. 218


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