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Anti-hate organizations In Canada listed alphabetically by name

  • A

    African Canadian Legal Clinic

    The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) is a not-for-profit organization opened in October 1994 to address systemic racism and racial discrimination in Canadian society. It employs a test-case litigation strategy, which is likely to result in significant legal precedence. In addition, a significant part of the work of the ACLC is to monitor legislative changes and regulatory, administrative and judicial developments, and to engage in advocacy and legal education aimed at eliminating racism (anti-Black racism in particular). The ACLC has advocated on behalf of African Canadians’ human rights in groundbreaking cases before every level of the Canadian judicial system, including the Supreme Court of Canada as well as administrative agencies, legislative bodies and executive regulatory agencies. To help empower community at the local, provincial and national levels, the ACLC:

    • Maintains a library and resource centre.
    • Publishes a newsletter.
    • Convenes conferences and seminars.
    • Hosts public hearings.
    • Facilitates coalition building, briefings and consultations.
    • Provides summary legal advice.
    • Writes manuals and protocols.
    • Holds workshops.
    • Writes op-eds.
    • Holds press conferences. 

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    Assembly of First Nations 

    Historically, the First Nations have a unique and special relationship with the Crown and the people of Canada, as manifested in treaties and other historical documents. In essence, the special relationship is one of (negotiated agreement with a view toward) peaceful coexistence based on equitable sharing of lands and resources, and ultimately on respect, recognition, and enforcement of our respective right to govern ourselves. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) exists to promote the restoration and enhancement of this relationship and to ensure it is mutually beneficial to the First Nations people. The AFN is a national Indigenous lobby organization.

    The AFN is the national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. There are more than 630 First Nations communities in Canada. The AFN Secretariat is designed to present the views of the various First Nations through their leaders in areas such as:

    • Aboriginal and treaty rights
    • economic development
    • education
    • environment
    • health
    • housing
    • justice
    • land claims
    • languages and literacy
    • social development
    • taxation
    • other issues of common concern that arise from time to time

    The Chiefs meet annually to set national policy and direction.

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  • C

    Canadian Arab Federation

    The Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) is committed to:

    • The protection of civil liberties and the equality of human rights.
    • Combating racism and hate in all of its forms.
    • Working with all politicians and all levels of government on issues of importance to Canadian Arabs to promote community empowerment through civic participation;.
    • Assuring the accurate representation of Arabs in the media, and in all areas of civil society.
    • A strong, vibrant multicultural Canada. 

    The CAF website offers information about the organization and its services to the Canadian Arab community, including language training classes offered in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. There is also section on jobs and how new immigrants can build the skills they need to obtain employment. The website includes information on upcoming special events as well as ways to get involved with the Federation and the community. It posts the latest news and information affecting the Canadian Arabic community. There is also a section where users can report incidents of racism and hate crime they have witnessed or experienced.  

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    Canadian Civil Liberties Association

    The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a non-profit, non-government law-reform organization dealing with issues of fundamental civil liberties and human rights affecting those who live all across Canada. It takes action on important civil liberties issues by:

    • Going to court as a party and as an intervenor.
    • Speaking to committees preparing legislation at provincial and federal levels.
    • Holding public meetings and rallies and make representation before public inquiries.
    • Publishing articles and appearing regularly in the media.
    • Hosting seminars and education programs for students starting in Grade 3 and all the way through high school, university and law school.

    On the CCLA's website, you will find information about the organization's efforts to protect Canadians’ rights and freedoms, as well as information on how to join and get involved.

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    Canadian Council of Muslim Women

    The objectives of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) include:

    • Attain and maintain equality, equity, and empowerment for all Canadian Muslim women.
    • Promote Muslim women's identity in the Canadian context.
    • Help Muslim women gain an understanding of their rights, responsibilities, and roles in Canadian society.
    • Strengthen the bonds of sisterhood among the Muslim communities and among Muslim individuals.
    • Represent Canadian Muslim women at national and international forums.
    • Encourage the organization and co-ordination of Muslim women's organizations across Canada.

    The CCMW website includes:

    • Information regarding Canadian Muslim women.
    • Position papers on Sharia Law.
    • Information about Muslim Family Law.
    • Information on how to become a member of the organization. 

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    Canadian Human Rights Commission

    The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) is empowered by the Canadian Human Rights Act to investigate and try to settle complaints of discrimination in employment and in the provision of services within federal jurisdiction. Under the Employment Equity Act, the Commission is responsible for ensuring that federally regulated employers provide equal opportunities for employment to the four designated groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. The Commission is also mandated to develop and conduct information and discrimination prevention programs.

    The CHRC website defines discrimination and harassment and how to recognize such acts. The CHRC also publishes research information, legislation and policies surround such issues, strategic initiatives, and ways to prevent discrimination. There is also a section that directs visitors through the process of reporting a complaint to the Commission.

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    Canadian Islamic Congress 

    Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) is Canada's largest national non-profit and wholly independent Islamic organization. It is the independent voice of Canada's Muslims—Sunni and Shi'a, men and women, youth and seniors. CIC recently pioneered an unprecedented scholarship program for Canadian Muslim university students who are studying journalism, law, social sciences or political sciencesall professional areas where representation is most needed by the Muslim community. Access to scholarship information can be located on the website.

    CIC recently founded the first intensive short course on Canadian history, law, media, political system, professional family counseling and Islamic law. The organization has conducted an ongoing media research project for the past eight years, and publishes an annual Anti-Islam in the Media report. In 2003 this crucial project won an Honour Award from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation for its ongoing impact in vital area of media advocacy work. The report has been highly praised by professors of media and journalism at Canada's top universities. This research, along with op-ed articles and other academic papers, are all published on the website. There is information about special events and the latest online bulletins. Finally, CIC works with other faith groups on Canadian social justice issues, such as child poverty and homelessness. Information on how to get involved in these projects can be found online. 

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    Canadian Race Relations Foundation

    The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is committed to building a national framework for the fight against racism in Canadian society. The foundation works to:

    • Shed light on the causes and manifestations of racism.
    • Provide independent, outspoken national leadership.
    • Act as a resource and facilitator in the pursuit of equity, fairness, and social justice.

    CRRF aims to help bring about a more harmonious Canada that acknowledges its racist past, recognizes the pervasiveness of racism today, and is committed to creating a future in which all Canadians are treated equitably and fairly.

    CRRF has a wealth of information, including current programs, educational resources, special events, an education and training centre, and an ongoing in-depth analysis of critical race and racism-related issues. It is the largest anti-racism campaign of its kind in Canada. 

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    Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition

    Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition (CRHC) is a community-based movement dedicated to improving the emotional, physical, spiritual and mental-health and wellness of people who have experienced significant inequities based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (commonly referred to as GLBT/LGBT). The Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition/Coalition santé arc-en-ciel Canada (CRHC/CSAC) is a national organization whose objective is to address the various health and wellness issues encountered by people who have sexual and emotional relationships with people of the same gender, or a gender identity that does not conform to the identity assigned to them at birth. CRHC:

    • Provides a voice that advocates nationally and regionally for resources to improve health and wellness.
    • Provides leadership to ensure that our health and wellness are addressed in a holistic way.
    • Facilitates networking and sharing of resources and information.
    • Applies the determinants of health in an appropriate and meaningful manner for GLBT communities. 

    On its website the CRHC publishes documents concerning GLBT health and wellness, as well as information regarding current and completed campaigns and projects, and how to become a member of the organization. Users have access to a wealth of information that speaks directly to the organization's target audience.

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    Centre for Race and Culture

    Formerly known as the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations (NAARR), the Centre for Race and Culture (CRC) is dedicated to the elimination of racism. CRC develops and promotes anti-racist educational tools and resources for schools. Through many events held throughout the year, the organization also raises awareness about the consequences of racism, its sources and causes, and ways to combat it. Community research is another of the organization's activities. CRC commemorates March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day, CRC co-ordinates and facilitates many activities for people of all ages.

    As an alliance on race relations, CRC is a network of community groups, schools and individuals from rural and urban areas of northern Alberta. This network came together in 1993 with a mission to promote social justice and social harmony as strong ways to eliminate racism. Since 1993, CRC continues its work throughout northern Alberta from its co-ordination base in Alberta's political capital, Edmonton.

    CRC's website offers many resources directly related to teaching and learning about racism in the classroom. Many of its programs and teaching units are directed at youth and how to eliminate racism at school. CRC’s website also publishes upcoming events as well as youth programs for children in the area to get involved in.

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  • E

    Easter Seals Canada

    The first Canadian Easter seals (colorful postage stamp-sized adhesive seals sold around Easter time to raise money and awareness for children with disabilities) were introduced in Alberta in 1945 and the response was so positive, the first national Easter Seals were issued in 1949. By 1967, the seals was so well recognized that the organizations formally adopted the name Easter Seals. The connection to Easter is symbolic of new life and along with it, the rehabilitation of youngsters with disabilities bringing 'new life' and activity in the physical, mental and spiritual sense. Today Easter Seals-licensed partners across Canada continue to work at the grassroots level to elicit the ongoing participation of millions of individuals to help make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. Each year almost 40,000 children and their families access programs and services provided by Easter Seals organizations across Canada. The most well-known services offered are the Easter Seals camp programs. In 2003, 32 camps across Canada provided camp opportunities to more than 4,600 children with disabilities. Easter Seals also provides specialized mobility and access equipment to children and their families, including mobility aids, assistive technology, adaptive computers, augmentative communication devices and adaptations to homes and vehicles for wheelchair accessibility.

    The Easter Seals Canada website offers information about national and international programs participants can join. The website provides an annual report published by Easter Seals that highlights new initiatives and the advancement of rights for peoples with disabilities. There is a section where website visitors can donate money to the organization, as well as information on upcoming special events. Another section features camp stories told by children who have attended the camp in the past. 

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    Egale Canada

    Egale Canada is a national organization committed to advancing equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified people and their families across Canada. Egale has intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in every gay rights case that has reached the Court, most recently in Reference re Same-Sex Marriage, as well as:

    • B.C. College of Teachers v Trinity Western University
    • Chamberlain v Surrey School Board
    • Egan v Canada
    • Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v Canada Customs
    • M v H
    • Mossop v Canada
    • Vriend v Alberta

    Egale also participates in annual consultations sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Egale representatives have attended:

    • United Nations (UN) World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria
    • UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, China
    • International Year of the Family Conference in Montreal, Quebec
    • UN World Conference against Racism in South Africa

    Egale maintains an active commitment to bringing an intersectional approach to its work: it recognizes the links between different forms of oppression, including oppression based on race, sex, class, religion, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Respect for each individual's full identity means the struggle for equality cannot be carried out in isolation from the struggle for equality of all disadvantaged communities. Background information, as well as details on how to get involved, can be found on the website.

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    Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario: Equity and Social Justice

    The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is the professional and protective organization representing more than 70,000 teachers, occasional teachers and education workers employed in Ontario’s public elementary schools. A strong union for teachers and education workers is vital to the quality of education in Ontario and ensures their voices are heard. The work of ETFO focuses on measures that will attract and keep excellent teachers and help them do a better job with their students. In addition, ETFO takes the responsibility to work for social justice in the larger society. As a reflection of its members’ concerns and values, ETFO is devoted to advancing the cause of education, raising the status of teachers and education workers, promoting high standards for the profession, working for social justice, and leading the way against poverty, violence and inequality.

    The ETFO website has a section devoted to providing resources to help eliminate hate in the classroom. It discusses and explores special issues such as:

    • anti-racism
    • equity and services for women
    • First Nations
    • human rights
    • LGBT
    • status of women in the classroom and in society

    Each of the above topics contain have their own section that informs teachers of special events directly related to the specific topic, as well as a wealth of resources teachers can introduce to children in the class. The ETFO also advertises for …and still we rise, a leadership and personal-growth conference attended by up to 400 female members from across Ontario. ETFO also designed Leaders for Tomorrowa program for its female members  who self-identify as Indigenous; part of a racial minority; a person with a disability; and/or lesbian, bisexual or transgender. In this year-long program, members can attend workshops and experiences that will help make them leaders within the organization.

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  • H

    Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust

    The website Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust informs readers about the untold stories of the residential schools Canadian Indigenous children attended. It published recent articles and books specific to the topic of Indian residential schools. The website contains:

    • A CTV documentary.
    • A radio broadcast that allows guest to talk about the legacy of the residential schools.
    • A five-part lecture series, delivered in New Westminster, BC, based on two books written by K. Annett:
      • Hidden From History: The Canadian Genocide
      • Love and Death in the Valley

    This website offers users up-to-date information regarding protest and the progress made by Indigenous organizations to bridge the gap between native and non-native Canadians.

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  • L

    League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada

    B'nai Brith Canada brings Jewish men and women together in fellowship to serve the Jewish community through combating anti-Semitism, bigotry and racism in Canada and abroad. These initiatives are accomplished through carrying out and supporting activities which ensure the security and survival of the State of Israel and Jewish communities worldwide, through various volunteer activities, cultivation of leadership, charitable work, advocacy, and through government relations.

    The B'nai Brith Canada website offers a variety of resources that provides news on current events and the organization's initiatives. The website also lists the locations of B'nai Brith Lodges people can visit. There is also a section that allows people who are victims of hate crime to report the incident and file the crime to the organization.

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  • N

    National Anti-Racism Council of Canada

    The National Anti-Racism Council of Canada (NARCC) is committed to being a national, community-based, member-driven network that provides a strong, recognized, effective and influential national voice against racism, racialization and all other forms of related discrimination in Canada. NARCC strive to effectively address racism, racialization and all other forms of related discrimination by:

    • Sharing and developing information and resources.
    • Building, supporting and helping to co-ordinate local, regional, national as well as international initiatives, strategies and relationships.
    • Responding to issues and events in a timely and effective manner.

    To achieve these goals, NARCC:

    • Facilitates broad-based grassroots and cross-sectoral communications.
    • Provides resources and educational tools to help build the capacity of local and regional members.
    • Engages in public awareness and education through various media and other channels.
    • Builds, supports and helps co-ordinate advocacy campaigns across the country.
    • Builds a strong, community-based, member-driven national network. 

    The NARCC website offers users information regarding current campaigns and projects the council is working on, as well as the organization's public statements. The website includes reports and documents in special issue areas such as human rights, justice and policing, media, poverty, Indigenous and health, to name a few. It also provides an calendar of up coming conferences and festivals the public can attend. It posts the times for its annual general meetings and provides information on how to become a member of the council. 

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    National Council of Canadian Muslims  

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada (CAIR-CAN) is an Ottawa-based non-profit organization with a grassroots membership. It shares close but distinct relations with the Washington, D.C.-based CAIR. Through activism in the areas of media relations, anti-discrimination and political advocacy, CAIR-CAN aims to educate Canadians and empower Canadian Muslims. The organization believes misrepresentations of Islam are most often the result of a lack of knowledge on the part of non-Muslims, and reluctance on the part of Muslims to articulate their cause. To help bridge the gap between cultures, CAIR-CAN works in the media to help shape an accurate understanding of Islam. The organization works through its legal advisors and local members to fight discrimination directed against Canadian Muslims. It offers seminars and workshops to train Canadian Muslim community members and leaders in techniques of effective media relations and well as knowledge of legal rights guaranteed under Canadian law. It also offers workshops for service providers, which highlight relevant Islamic practices and offer suggestions for religious accommodation.

    CAIR-CAN's website posts a variety of publications addressing the needs of Canadians and Canadian Muslims, including:

    • An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
    • An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
    • A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
    • A Journalist’s Guide to Islam

    It also offers a succinct Know Your Rights pocket guide. Action alerts are issued to local communities as a means of promoting local activism and generating a grassroots response on important issues. These acts of activism are also published on the website.

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  • O

    Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance 

    Religion is a unique force in society. It promotes both good and evil. Historically, it has helped to abolish slavery, and has promoted racial integration, and equal rights for women, gays and lesbians. It has motivated individuals to create massive support services for the poor, sick, hurting and broken. Conversely, it has been used to justify slavery, racial segregation, oppression of women, discrimination against homosexuals, genocide, massive crimes against humanity, extermination of minorities, and other horrendous evils. The mandate of the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT) website is to describe religion and religious ideas objectively, from all points of view. The goal is to eventually cover the entire field of religious tolerance with clarity, accuracy and balance, with the focus area being the United States and Canada.

    The website offers a wealth of information on the numerous religions found around the world. Visitors to the website can select a specific topic and learn about various religions from an objective standpoint. The website provides published research papers that explore questions about religion in the world. The OCRT website covers all areas of religion, including religious hatred, religious tolerance, law and the news, and current events surrounding the area of religion and other pressing issues as they arise. It is an educational resource centre on religion and religious tolerance. 

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    Ontario March of Dimes

    The vision of Ontario March of Dimes is to create a society inclusive of people with physical disabilities. The organization's mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with physical disabilities. It has developed core values targeting different sectors of the community including consumers, employees, community members and stakeholders. Such values are achieved by:

    • Recognizing, respecting and balancing the rights, roles, health and safety of each stakeholder.
    • Maximizing the right of each consumer to direct his/her own services.
    • Creating a work environment that is diverse, free from discrimination and treats staff fairly and respectfully.
    • Empowering, recognizing and rewarding staff for upholding the purpose and values of Ontario March of Dimes.
    • Defining and enforcing standards of quality service, and striving for continuous improvement.

    The Ontario March of Dimes website provides:

    • A list of programs and services
    • Information on how to contact and find regional offices.
    • Information on rehabilitation services.
    • Up-to-date information regarding government affairs and advocacy for people with disabilities.
    • Resources, links and news.
    • Information on how to volunteer.

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  • P

    PFLAG Canada

    PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Canada is a national non-profit organization. It was founded by parents who wanted to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family members, and the results can be devastating—even fatal. PFLAG supports these families and gives them hope for a better tomorrow. PFLAG Canada is a national voice that advocates for a more accepting Canadian society by providing support, education and resources on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Through PFLAG Canada Chapter and Contact network, the organization actively assist in the recognition and growth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning persons and their families and friends, within their diverse cultures and societies.

    The PFLAG website provides up-to-date information for families and friends who are trying to learn about them or someone they care about. Users can read published discussion papers, surveys, and academic research to learn more about LGBT. There is a list of various chapters across Canada that can provide immediate support for those seeking help. There are also personal stories and a section of frequently asked questions that can help provide quick answers.

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  • R

    Recom Network

    The Recom Network is associated with the website stopracism.ca. The website publishes recent news articles from across Canada related to hate crime incidents. It also advertises upcoming conference concerning hate crime in Canada and how to find more information on the topic.

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  • S

    StopRacism.ca

    This website is sponsored by the Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society (CAERS). CAERS is a registered non-profit organization with charitable tax status and 20 years of experience in providing anti-racism, multicultural and immigrant settlement education and research. The organization is committed to providing timely, accurate and reliable information to help communities, government agencies, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations stop racism and hate crime. The website is great stepping stone for research on racism and hate in Canada and around the world. The website provides news and highlights on current events and projects CAERS works on.

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