Alberta’s first council dedicated to combating racism will bring expertise and experience to assist in government’s commitment to end racism.
The council includes 24 members plus Education Minister David Eggen, who is responsible for government’s anti-racism initiative. The council will advise government as it develops strategies to end racism and discrimination in Alberta. This council is the first of its kind in the province.
More than 300 Albertans applied to participate on the council. Members were selected for their demonstrated leadership abilities and experience in advocating for diverse communities. The council includes people from various faiths and other diversities, and members represent regions across the province.
Congratulations to our founding member, Iman Bukhari, for getting a spot on the council!
The launch of our Race Issues publication and meme campaign has been incredibly well received. At the launch of the event and 3 days of the exhibition, we had a total of 400 people come out and engage in the comic art, as well as speak and write about their own experiences. It has been a great learning opportunity for local Calgarians, especially youth. The online campaign has also taken off and we're hoping for it to go viral.
Help us spread the word by hashtaging #raceissues and sharing our images. Find out more about the project.
Our annual and national Anti-Racism Arts Festival will take place in Vancouver this year. This free festival is an opportunity for citizens to take part in anti-racism action through arts.
All events take place at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House - Annex, 3690 Vanness Ave, Vancouver, BC V5R 5B6
Take part in the festival today!
Over the past year, Artist (and our amazing team member) Eman Elkadri has been working on a comic series about the experiences of racialized youth living in Canada. Join us as we launch and exhibit her work.
You can expect to see 40 unique comics about microaggressions, hear from Eman about her inspiration, as well as hear from some of the youth she worked with, plus learn more about what you can do. We will also be launching the Race Issues publication (thanks to a partnership with ActionDignity Youth PLACE Program). This is a free event that is open to all ages. The launch will take place on Thursday January 3 at The New Gallery (208 Centre Street South Calgary) at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be served during the launch.
The exhibit will continue during January 4 and 5 (12pm - 6pm).
We would like to thank The New Gallery for their support and allowing us to use their space. This project has been created in partnership with Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and ActionDignity Youth PLACE Program.
Location's Land Acknowledgement:
The New Gallery is located in the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The city of Calgary is also home to Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Find out more about the project here
Our members Iman Bukhari and Mansharn Toor are excited to present at the 2018 FCSSAA Annual Conference. The presentation will take place on November 29 and be focused on "Looking at Race Relations across Canada in 2018."
Learn more about the conference.
Join us for our event in September with our newest team member.
De Mule ah De World is a multimedia exploration of Black womanhood by spoken word artist and emerging photographer Mel Vee.
Join our Language De-Coded event! This event aims to provide the public with tangible tools to tackle ableism, ageism, heterosexism, racism and sexism through our language. During the event, you will learn to adopt an inclusive vocabulary and promote others to accept, embrace and celebrate our differences. Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation will be launching their new resource guide and online app to tackle these -isms.
Panel members from diverse backgrounds and specialties will discuss their own experiences and tactics in tackling ableism, ageism, heterosexism, racism and sexism through language.
This free event is brought to you by a collaboration between Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and CommunityWise Resource Centre. This venue has limited capacity, so we highly encourage attendees to RSVP with an eventbrite ticket. A waiting list will be available on the day of the event, but we cannot confirm spots if it's over capacity.
We would like to thank the Calgary Foundation for helping support this event through the Stepping Stones grant.
CommunityWise is located in downtown Calgary, at 223 12th Ave SW. There is a ramp available to the main entrance, as well as a series of stairs and a handrail on both sides. Bathrooms are gender neutral and there is a wheelchair accessible stall.
Location's Land Acknowledgement:
CommunityWise is located in the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The city of Calgary is also home to Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Join us as we host World Cyclist and Photographer Kamran Ali, who is currently in Calgary, cycling from Ushuaia to Alaska. Kamran will talk about his cycling journey so far with visual stories of beautiful landscapes, human resilience, the environment and more. This is a great opportunity for cross-cultural learning as Kamran has travelled to many places and met many people along the way, gathering beautiful stories. After his presentation, we will also have a question and answer period.
Thank you to everyone who came out. We had about 200 participants of all ages and backgrounds. Here is a short video of all the fun we had. This event was organized by Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and funded by Federation of Calgary Communities #ActivateYYC. Keep Calgary awesome!
A big thank you to Alberta's NDP government's commitment and leadership in addressing difficult topics such as racism. We recently had the privilege to sit at a roundtable discussion with Minister of Education, David Eggen, about Alberta's K-12 curriculum and how we can include diversity and pluralism in it.
Our organization will be releasing a research study about the state of race relations in Albertan schools in September with recommendations we hope the government will implement. And we are also working on a K-12 Multicultural Resource Hub that teachers can use in their classrooms. Keep a look out! Diversity is our strength, and we’ll keep working together to ensure all students see themselves represented in our curriculum.