Proud to Be: Video project will explore what it means to live in Canada in 2016

TORONTO, June 15, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is launching an interactive video project titled "Proud to Be," to explore the perspectives and experiences of individuals living in Canada – from Indigenous peoples to newcomers. The initiative will heighten awareness and respect for Canadian values as the country prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2017.

The CRRF is inviting members of the public interested in participating in the project to its first official video shoot on Friday, June 17, 2016. The shoot will be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the 2016 Diversity Expo at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel on 123 Queen St. W.

"What unites and divides us? This video shoot will be an exploration of what it means to live in Canada in 2016," said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. "Canada has an extremely diverse population and we want to hear how we can best work towards an inclusive and harmonious society for everyone."

The questions the CRRF will pose to participants will include:

  • When did you first realize you were Canadian?
  • What have been your proudest and saddest moments in Canada?
  • What have your experiences taught you about the value of inclusion?
  • What is your hope for the future of Canada?

The video interviews will last about 15 minutes per person, and will be conducted on a walk-in basis. The CRRF will then compile the answers from the participants and publish them on an interactive website.

"Having a better understanding of the lived experiences of Canadians will help us work towards an inclusive society based on shared values of mutual respect, compassion and openness," said Bromberg.

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; If you would like to register for a specific time slot, please email Katherine Balcom at kbalcom@crrf-fcrr.ca

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