We are proud to announce that Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation (CanadianCMF) has been recognized for the work that we do in promoting diversity, tolerance, acceptance, and mitigating racism through unique ways. Our organization was nominated and won the 2017 Diversity Award. The Diversity Award is an annual award given by Diversity Magazine to celebrate the work of Albertans in promoting diversity and inclusion. Thank you to everyone for supporting our work. We will work hard to continuing doing more in the future.
As many of us know, Malala Yousafzai, became the sixth and youngest person to become an honorary Canadian citizen.
During her ceremoney, Malala called on Canada to play a leadership role in promoting education for girls and refugees around the world.
In a historic address to Parliament, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and human rights activist heaped praise on Canada for its commitment to helping refugees, advancing women's rights and working for world peace.
It was also an exciting moment for our organization, as our CFO, Asjad Bukhari, was invited to the ceremony and got to meet Malala herself!
Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably. It is an active way of seeing, and being in, the world, in order to transform it.
Our team members are active in society in getting Canadians to engage in Anti-racism conversations, bring understanding and asking others to participate in the movement by spreading the knowledge and acting upon it.
Over the past years, we have led and participated in hundreds of Anti-Racism community led initiatives. But our work is not done! Every event brings about a new perspective. We recently participated in The Women’s Centre of Calgary's Anti-Racism workshop. Several individuals gave their real life experiences and the intersectionality of racism was a consistent theme. The event overall was great and an important part of overcoming the issue and working towards solutions. Our work is not done, but we hope every time we do a presentation or talk to others, they also take on a bit of the work. We can do this all together.
For the second year, we held another Anti-Racism Festival, and this time in Edmonton.
The 2017 48-hour Anti-Racism Festival took place during February and March of 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta.
The 48-hour film challenge took place on February 17-19, 2017 and 26 teams participated (65 people). There was also a Spoken Word Poetry Jam took place on Saturday February 18. The Red Carpet Screening took place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Princess Theatre in Edmonton where 11 teams competed for first, second and third place. A total of 350 people attended the red carpet screening.
Check out all the films!
Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation
presents the release of
YYC Colours is a solution-based documentary that sparks discussion about racism in Calgary, and Canada in general. Over the past year, we have had the opportunity to screen this film over 100+ times nationally across Canadian schools, workplaces, theatres, and events. Almost every screening included a discussion afterwards, which was the purpose of our film - get people talking about racism. To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we have released our film to the public - watch, learn, and engage!
It's been a great past year for us. Our film, YYC Colours, has screened nationally across Canada over 150 times. Hundreds of community discussions about ending racism have begun because of it... many in schools, workplaces, government level, and friends circles. We have also had the opportunity to lead some of these discussions. Our last screening & panel discussion took place tonight at the University of Calgary. It was a full house and the crowd was very engaging. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in this two & a half year-long project. From starting the film idea, to creating it, to editing, releasing and all the screenings. There are too many names to name - but thank you to everyone.
Are you a student in Alberta who is studying or is interested in graphic design? We're looking for you! We need a creative student intern who can help design our annual report. This is a short internship that you can complete on your own time and be paid $1000. Student must currently be enrolled at one of the 26 publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta. (check here to ensure you are eligible.) In order to apply, you must also create an account on SCiP.
Interested in the opportunity? Apply today.
It's been about a year since the premiere of our solution-based documentary: YYC Colours. This documentary has been screened across Canada over 150 times. Join our final screening, along with a panel discussion on Racism & Religious Discrimination. This is an opportunity for all Calgarians to come out and engage in anti-racism and anti-discrimination, to learn, and be part of the solution.
What: Screening + Panel Discussion on Racism & Religious Discrimination in Canada
When: Monday, March 20th 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00pm
Where: That Empty Space, MacEwan Students Centre, University of Calgary
On Sunday, January 29, we heard of the terrorist attack on the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre Mosque in Sainte Foy, Quebec. At first we were shocked, and eventually disgusted at the rhetoric on social media about the vile act. People were more interested in the race and religion of the suspect than the victims and the Islamic community that was affected. For many hours, including the next day, the internet blamed the shooting on Muslims. "Allah-u-Akbar" was trending and disgustingly racist and Islamophobic social media and media reports were being made. The suspected shooter is actually a bigoted 27-year-old white man known to many as a conservative online troll and white nationalist. It became very evident how real Islamophobia is in this nation on January 29.
However - Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation as an organization work to improve race relations (which is also closely tied to religion). We understood this was a moment to get the community together, to stand against hate, and also to show the Muslim community that they are welcome and loved in Canada. Our head office is in Calgary, so we took on the role to organize a vigil in downtown Calgary on Monday night outside of City Hall.
What was the result?
Almost 1,000 people gathered outside of City Hall, lighting candles and holding signs denouncing the acts of violence, Islamophobia, and expressing support for the Muslim community in Canada. Young children, people of different faiths, race, cultures etc. came together to show that love and tolerance is what we as Canadians stand for. It was a cold night, but many came out to show their support. The members of the Muslim community that attended all expressed their gratitude for all that attended. It meant a lot to them. And so in that little while, we were able to bring people together. Though it is sad what happened, we hope it can encourage others to take a stand against hate.
We are organizing a Candlelight Vigil & Prayer In Remembrance of the victims at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre in Calgary. As a community, we must stand together with the victims and one another against hatred.
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