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A discussion of religion – Queen’s University

April 18, 2017 Queen’s University Faculty of Education hosts multi-faith panel. The horrific shooting at the mosque in Montreal earlier this year touched many people around the world, including Queen’s University professor Ted Christou (Education). “The day of the shootings, the event made me think about people practicing their own religion and what an incident […]

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 201733 Views

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Catholic Missions honours Sr. Davidson for missionary work – The Catholic Register

April 7, 2017 Sr. Mary Jeanne Davidson knows first-hand the importance of trust. It is not something that comes with the job. It needs to be earned and that is often a slow process. That has been a primary driving force for her work in First Nation communities for the last 15 years. On April […]

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 201723 Views

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General Synod appoints reconciliation animator – Anglican Church of Canada

Taking another step towards healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has appointed Ms. Melanie Delva as its reconciliation animator, effective June 1, 2017. Ms. Delva currently serves as Archivist for the Diocese of New Westminster and the Provincial Synod of B.C. and Yukon, a position she […]

by pmnationtalk on April 6, 201746 Views

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Spiritual abuse’ from residential schools had deep roots for First Nations – The Catholic Register

March 31, 2017 Blair Stonechild knows first-hand the devastating effects residential schools had on First Nations spirituality. He spent nine years at Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School in Lebret, Sask., beginning in 1956. “As a child I remember the shock of being removed from my family,” said Stonechild. “One thing that really stands out in my […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 201733 Views

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Sask. bishops discuss residential schools with Pope Francis – CBC

Papal visit and apology still possible in 2018 or 2019 Mar 30, 2017 Residential schools and a possible papal visit to Saskatchewan were among the topics raised during a two-and-a-half hour meeting between Pope Francis and Western Canadian bishops this week. It was the group’s first audience in more than a decade with the leader […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201717 Views

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New federal budget puts Canada on track for palliative care framework – The Catholic Register

March 28, 2017 OTTAWA – With $6 billion earmarked for home and palliative care in the 2017 federal budget, Canada is on track towards making quality end-of-life care more accessible. “This is really good news,” said Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, whose private member’s Bill C-277 calling for a national palliative care framework has passed the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201743 Views

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Halifax church changing name due to namesake’s treatment of Indigenous people – CBC

Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis ‘oppressor of our First Nations brothers and sisters,’ pastor says Mar 20, 2017 The Cornwallis Street Baptist Church will change its name because Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis was an “oppressor of our First Nations brothers and sisters,” pastor Rhonda Britton says. “We don’t know what the name of the church is […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 201728 Views

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Canadian religious travel to meet members of First Nations – Catholic Register

March 15, 2017 WENDAKE, Quebec – Inside the traditional Huron longhouse, faint glimmerings cast light on the attendees’ faces. Standing on a stool, Simon Perusse, dressed in his traditional costume, told of the lifestyle and values of the Huron-Wendat Nation. The wooden structure once housed several families. On the ground, small grids with plastic fish […]

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 201722 Views

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Spirited Reflection: World Day of Social Justice – Kairos

Feb. 15th, 2017 In 2017, Lutherans worldwide are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation spearheaded by Martin Luther in 1517. With the assistance of the printing press, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses became the historical document to spark changes in the church. Luther rejected the practice of selling indulgences for as a church fundraiser. Luther […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 201763 Views

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Social worker explains the Church’s call to reconciliation with Aboriginals – The B.C. Catholic Paper

17 February 2017 Some people believe colonization is a relic from Canada’s past, but Stephanie Brown says it’s still very much with us. “Colonization is the act of disconnecting aboriginal people from their land, their history, their identity, and their rights so others can benefit,” said Brown, a Catholic and a graduate studying social work […]

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 201769 Views

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Sudbury’s Anne Germond installed as newest Bishop of Algoma – Sudbury.com

Ceremony was held in Sault on Sunday One hundred and 43 years ago, when Frederick Dawson Fauquier arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, he found himself in charge of seven clergy at nine outpost congregations. And no money to pay any of them. Fauquier was the Anglican Diocese of Algoma’s first bishop. He was responsible for […]

by pmnationtalk on February 13, 201739 Views

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MNO citizen becomes a Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada

February 7, 2017 Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen and daughter of Honourary MNO Senator Ruth Wagner Riscylla Shaw was recently installed as a Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Shaw is one of the first Métis to achieve this high position in any Christian Church in Canada. Bishop Shaw was among three […]

by pmnationtalk on February 7, 201731 Views

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The Church aiming to ‘grab hold’ of young people with youth synod – The Catholic Register

What do you want to be when you grow up? From the time we are children, adults ask this question as a way to start a conversation about the hopes and dreams of young people. In a way, that’s what the Church is doing as it begins a consultation process prior to a special Synod […]

by ahnationtalk on January 27, 201750 Views

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Anglican Church admits it ‘helped to create’ conditions for suicide crisis in Wapekeka First Nation – CBC

Jan 22, 2017 ‘Help us direct our actions in ways that will help end the crisis,’ Anglican Church asks First Nations The Anglican Church of Canada says it will continue working with First Nations in northern Ontario to confront the “legacy of brokenness” created by a pedophile priest who worked in remote communities in the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 201769 Views

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Alta Swann Human Rights – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jan 10, 2017 22:41 EDMONTON – Alberta’s Liberal leader believes it is time for the province to reopen the Alberta Human Rights Act and include more categories that need protection. A recent court decision dealing with the rights of seniors said it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on age […]

by pmnationtalk on January 11, 201775 Views

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Father Raymond J. de Souza: Welcome to the beginning of Canada 150 – National Post

January 6, 2017 VICTORIA, B.C. – I began the New Year on the West Coast thinking about the East Coast. On Vancouver Island, which is about the size of the state of Israel, my thoughts were with the people on the island of Ramea, a tiny speck off the southern coast of Newfoundland. A massive […]

by mmnationtalk on January 6, 2017113 Views

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BR EU REL Vatican Canada Bishop – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jan 5, 2017 CALGARY – The Calgary bishop known for his opposition to protections for L-G-B-T-Q youth says he is resigning due to ailing health. Most Reverend Fred Henry says he has an incurable type of arthritis that is also an autoimmune disease. His resignation letter to Pope Francis was […]

by ahnationtalk on January 5, 201761 Views

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National Catholic organizations form Catholic coalition to strengthen and foster relations with Indigenous people: ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle’

December 19, 2016 Seven Canadian Catholic organizations have formed a coalition to strengthen and foster relations with Indigenous people. Meeting at the offices of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in Ottawa on 5 December 2016 for its first official meeting, the members of the coalition approved the following mission statement: “Our Lady of […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 2016150 Views

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The United Church of Canada’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

A year after The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report in December 2015, The United Church of Canada continues to engage with and respond to the 94 Calls to Action. (The Calls to Action can be found at www.united-church.ca/social-action/justice-initiatives/truth-and-reconciliation-commission or http://nctr.ca/reports.php.) In June 2015, the churches that are parties to the […]

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 2016110 Views

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The Canadian Religious Conference renews relations with KAIROS

MONTREAL, Dec. 15, 2016  – At its December 8 meeting in Edmonton, the Administrative Council of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) voted to renew its membership with KAIROS Canada. “We are happy to continue our commitment within the renewed structure of KAIROS” stated Sister Michelle Payette, MIC, President of the CRC. “Our members asked that we […]

by pmnationtalk on December 15, 2016116 Views

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Indigenous leaders, Saskatchewan bishops invite Pope to Canada – Catholic Register

December 13, 2016 OTTAWA – Pope Francis has said no to visiting Canada in 2017, but that hasn’t stopped Saskatchewan’s bishops and Indigenous leaders from planning a papal visit. The bishops, Indigenous leaders and civic authorities have invited Pope Francis to visit the province in 2018 or ’19 to offer an official apology for the […]

by ahnationtalk on December 14, 2016119 Views

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Efforts underway to bring Pope to Sask. for residential schools apology – CBC

‘We want to be a part of the healing and reconciliation process’: Regina Archbishop Don Bolen Dec 08, 2016 Wanuskewin Heritage Park could soon play host to one of the biggest events in Saskatchewan history. CBC News has learned of extensive efforts to bring Pope Francis to the area in 2018 or 2019. The centrepiece […]

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 2016137 Views

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Francis won’t be apologizing to First Nations, Canadian visit not on Pope’s 2017 calendar – The Catholic Register

December 7, 2016 OTTAWA – Pope Francis has turned down invitations to visit Canada in 2017 but has left open the possibility of a papal visit in the following two years. That means the Pope will not be present as Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, nor Montreal’s 375th Jubilee celebrations. The decision also […]

by ahnationtalk on December 7, 2016127 Views

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Decision: United Church Response

December 2, 2016 In her letter to members and communities of faith of The United Church of Canada, Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses concern about the federal government’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline: Since 2012, our crest has included the Mohawk words Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren, meaning “All My Relations.” These words capture a […]

by pmnationtalk on December 2, 2016153 Views

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Supreme Court Hears First Indigenous Religious Freedom Claim Tomorrow

November 30, 2016 OTTAWA, ON – For the first time, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to determine the merits of an Indigenous religious freedom claim under the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. This historic case raises serious concerns about third-party interests limiting and overriding religious freedom and the means by which […]

by pmnationtalk on December 1, 2016156 Views

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Blanket Exercise pulls covers off painful aboriginal history – Catholicregister.org

November 23, 2016 TORONTO – While playing the role of an aboriginal being stripped of her land as part of an educational exercise, Danielle Duggan found herself fighting back real tears. “It was very powerful,” said the Grade 11 student from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School. “I asked the lady as she was removing the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 2016150 Views

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Anglican-United Church Report Calls for Unity in Mission

The Anglican–United Church Dialogue has released the results of its 2012–2016 discussions in a new report. November 9, 2016 Members of the Anglican–United Church Dialogue have released their report, “Called to Unity in Mission,” the culmination of four years of discussion. The report compares the views and approaches of each church in order to spur […]

by ahnationtalk on November 9, 2016183 Views

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Winds of Change Campaign Update: Education for Reconciliation initiative picks up steam in Ontario – Kairos

Oct. 31st, 2016 Like the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 20 years ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada identified education as key to reconciliation. Last November KAIROS and the Legacy of Hope Foundation launched the Education for Reconciliation (E4R) initiative as part of the KAIROS Winds of Change campaign. The E4R initiative focuses […]

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 2016189 Views

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Churches Reflect on Baseball, Mascots, Racial Stereotyping and Reconciliation

TORONTO, Oct. 14, 2016 – As the American League Championship Series gets underway The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ (USA) issued a joint message encouraging members of the two churches to take part in the #NotMyMascot campaign on social media. “Today, as these teams prepare to meet again in a series […]

by ahnationtalk on October 14, 2016194 Views

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Nuit Blanche exhibit brings back memories of residential schools – The Catholic Register

October 6, 2016 TORONTO – To shed light on some of the darkest moments in the history of Catholic education, students from St. Joseph’s College School unveiled their Residential Schools Memorial Wall at the annual Nuit Blanche all-night art festival. Two years in the making, the project consists of 130 talking sticks, decorated staffs used […]

by ahnationtalk on October 6, 2016228 Views

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The United Church of Canada: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

October 3, 2016 As we approach October 4, the day set aside to publicly remember murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada, The United Church of Canada offers the Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls our prayerful support in the difficult work ahead. We also reiterate […]

by pmnationtalk on October 3, 2016191 Views

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Bishops give approval in principle to new resource for protection of minors, and encourage formation of a Catholic circle for relations with Indigenous People

(CCCB – Ottawa)… On the fourth day of their Plenary Assembly, following several years of work by an Ad hoc Committee, the Bishops adopted in principle a new CCCB resource for the protection of minors. This updates and replaces their historic 1992 document, From Pain to Hope. The Bishops also encouraged a proposal to form […]

by ahnationtalk on October 3, 2016222 Views

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Living Out the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 13, 2016 Moderator Jordan Cantwell has written to all members of and communities of faith in The United Church of Canada encouraging their thoughts, prayer, and action in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Written in the context of recent events related to pipeline projects in Canada and […]

by pmnationtalk on September 14, 2016227 Views

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Missing women inquiry can’t overlook colonialism, observers say – Catholic Register

August 17, 2016 OTTAWA – The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls needs to address underlying racism and colonialism, observers say. Deacon Rennie Nahanee, who heads the First Nations ministry in the Vancouver archdiocese, said he hopes the inquiry, whose commissioners were named Aug. 3, will mirror the Truth and Reconciliation Commission […]

by pmnationtalk on August 17, 2016263 Views

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Those at the heart of the resistant movement: Report from the Indigenous women, territory and mining workshop

Aug. 11, 2016 On August 10 at the World Social Forum, KAIROS joined a panel facilitated by Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ) to speak about the struggles that Indigenous women face in defending their land and resources from corporate extraction. Indigenous leaders from Canada, Honduras, Peru and Colombia spoke about environmental exploitation in their […]

by pmnationtalk on August 15, 2016238 Views

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CCCB President’s letter to the Honourable Graydon Nicholas

Wednesday, August 10 2016 The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter of congratulations to the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, for his appointment to the Order of Canada announced on June 30, 2016, by the Governor […]

by pmnationtalk on August 10, 2016260 Views

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Media Advisory: KAIROS spotlights Indigenous women, migrant rights and climate justice at World Social Forum

August 4, 2016 Ottawa, ON –KAIROS Canada and its partners will help spotlight Indigenous women, migrant rights, and climate justice at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Montreal during panel discussions and activities, August 10 to 12. The WSF (August 9 to 14) is an international gathering of civil society groups working for social, economic […]

by pmnationtalk on August 8, 2016277 Views

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30 Years after the Apology: New Video and Worship Materials

“We tried to make you be like us and in so doing we helped to destroy the vision that made you what you were.” June 2, 2016 To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Apology to First Nations Peoples, the United Church has produced a brief video highlighting the apology and the response. Please […]

by ahnationtalk on June 3, 2016354 Views

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31st General Assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC)

Montreal, May 18, 2016 – From May 26-29, 2016, 300 leaders of Catholic religious congregations from across Canada will gather at the Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel for the 31st General Assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC). The main theme of this assembly – The mission of congregational leaders: discerning hope amid the challenges – […]

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 2016330 Views

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Anglican entities’ financial obligations under the Residential School Settlement Agreement

April 29, 2016 To members of the Anglican Church of Canada, and ecumenical and interfaith partners: Since the article “Other churches escape residential-school settlement obligations in wake of Catholic deal” was published in the Globe and Mail on April 27, 2016, the General Synod and several dioceses and partners have been receiving questions about the […]

by pmnationtalk on April 29, 2016429 Views

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United Church Accounts for Its Obligations in Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

An article published in the April 27, 2016, edition of The Globe and Mail (“Churches escape residential school settlement obligations in wake of Catholic deal”) merits some clarification. Throughout the negotiations leading to the signing of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the United Church always placed the interests of the survivors of residential schools […]

by pmnationtalk on April 28, 2016470 Views

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Release of Ecumenical Statement on UN Declaration

“The response of the church ecumenical community … expresses an important understanding by a rich diversity of faith communities.” March 30, 2016 As part of its commitment to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, The United Church of Canada today joins with the broader ecumenical community in announcing a collective intention […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 2016493 Views

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Catholic responses to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 48 and questions regarding the “Doctrine of Discovery”

March 29, 2016 (CCCB – Ottawa)… In response to Call to Action 48 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and in response to questions raised on the legal concepts known as “Doctrine of Discovery” and terra nullius, four Canadian Catholic organizations representing Bishops, institutes of consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, Indigenous People, and laity […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 2016527 Views

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Church Adopts UN Declaration as Framework for Reconciliation

March 24, 2016 On March 30 and 31, 2016, The United Church of Canada will participate in events marking our commitment—as a denomination and as part of the ecumenical community—to adopt the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [PDF on un.org] as the framework for reconciliation. […]

by pmnationtalk on March 28, 2016455 Views

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Ktunaxa Nation and Christ Church Team Up For ‘Alternative Advent Giving Project’

Cranbrook/ʔa·kiskaqǂiʔit – The Ktunaxa Nation and Cranbrook’s Christ Church are celebrating a successful fundraising campaign that raised more than $3,400 for the Ktunaxa Nation’s Street Angel program. The ‘Advent Alternative Giving Project’ was organized by Reverend Yme Woensdregt and the members of Christ Church in Cranbrook. The project encouraged people in the area to donate […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 2016511 Views

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United Church Welcomes TRC Final Report

THE RIGHT REV. JORDAN CANTWELL 15 December 2015 On December 15, 2015, the Moderator of The United Church of Canada, the Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, attended an event in Ottawa to mark the release of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report. Speaking at the gathering, Cantwell delivered the following statement: Commissioners, former students, Elders, […]

by aanationtalk on December 16, 2015518 Views

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KAIROS Chooses to Commit to Reconciliation: Statement of KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry on the Release of the TRC’s Final Report

December 15, 2015 Today’s release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Final Report presents us with a choice. We can, as a society, take the report seriously and work collaboratively to fundamentally transform the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, or we can choose to ignore the report and its Calls to […]

by ahnationtalk on December 15, 2015539 Views

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History teaches us that difficult conversations about religion must start from respect and inclusion, not hate and division

December 10, 2015 Today is International Human Rights Day—the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The human rights movement was a direct response to widespread antisemitism which ultimately led to the Holocaust. By adopting the Universal Declaration in 1948, Canada and the international community rightly said, “Never again.” […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 2015495 Views

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Updated creed policy gives guidance on protecting rights

Toronto – The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today releases an updated Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed. The OHRC introduced its first policy on creed in 1996. Since that time, Ontario society has grown increasingly more diverse and there have been many important legal and social developments. The update reflects today’s issues and […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 2015502 Views

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Faith, disability and inclusion panel

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2015 – Community Living Toronto, in partnership with March of Dimes Canada, will host a panel on the intersection of faith and disability, titled Faith, Disability and Inclusion – Breaking Down the Barriers. Our goal is to have a frank conversation about the perceptions, stigmas and attitudes regarding disability and inclusion across […]

by ahnationtalk on December 8, 2015543 Views

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