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African Canadian Legal Clinic

The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) is a not-for-profit organization which was officially opened in October 1994, to address systemic racism and racial discrimination in Ontario through a test case litigation strategy which are likely to result in significant legal precedence. In addition, a significant part of the work of the ACLC is to monitor legislative changes, 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 been an advocate 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,” and holds press conferences. All of the above information can be viewed on the ACLC website. 

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have a unique and special relationship with the Crown and the people of Canada, as manifested in treaties and other historical documents.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 AFN exists to promote the "restoration and enhancement" of this relationship and to ensure that it is mutually beneficial to the First Nations people. The Assembly of First Nations is a national aboriginal lobby organization.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. There are over 630 First Nation's 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, Languages and Literacy, Health, Housing, Social Development, Justice, Taxation, Land Claims, Environment, and a whole array of issues that are of common concern which arise from time to time. The Chiefs meet annually to set national policy and direction.

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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 and a strong, vibrant multicultural Canada.

The website offers information about CAF and their services to the Canadian Arab community. The website post information about 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 in obtain employment. CAF website tells users about new special events being held as well as ways to get involved with the Federation and the community. There is a section that publishes the latest news and information that affects the Canadian Arabic community. The website also has a section in which users may report incidents of racism and hate crime that they witnessed or that one fell victim too. 

Canadian Civil Liberties Association                                                                                    

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) takes action on important civil liberties issues in a number of ways, they go to court as a party and as an intervenor; CCLA speak to committees preparing legislation at provincial and federal levels; they hold public meetings and rallies and make representation before public inquiries; CCLA publishes articles and appear regularly in the mass media and they also hold seminars and have education programmes for students as young as grade 3 through high school, university and law school. On this site, you will find information about CCLA’s efforts to protect Canadians’ rights and freedoms, as well as information on how to join and get involved. We are a non-profit, non-government law-reform organization dealing with issues of fundamental civil liberties and human rights that affect those who live all across Canada.

Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations                       

The Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA (CAIR-CAN) is an Ottawa-based, nonprofit 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. They believe 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; CAIR-CAN works through its legal advisors and local members to fight discrimination directed against Canadian Muslims; CAIR-CAN 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. We also offer workshops to service-providers which highlight relevant Islamic practices and offer suggestions for religious accommodation.          

Their website offers a variety of publications addressing the needs of Canadians and Canadian Muslims which include “A Journalist’s Guide to Islam,” “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” and “A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.” We also offer 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. 

Canadian Council of Muslim Women

There are numerous objectives of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and a few of them are to attain and maintain equality, equity, and empowerment for all Canadian Muslim women; to promote Muslim women's identity in the Canadian context; to assist Muslim women to gain an understanding of their rights, responsibilities, and roles in Canadian society ;to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood among the Muslim communities and among Muslim individuals; to represent Canadian Muslim women at national and international forums and to encourage the organization and coordination of Muslim women's organizations across Canada.

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women website offers users information regarding Canadian Muslim Women, position papers on Sharia Law, there is information regarding Muslim Family Law, and most importantly, the website offers user information on how to become a member of the organization. 

Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission 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 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 and finally, there is a section which directs visitors through the process of reporting a complaint to the Commission.

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission

British Columbia Human Rights Coalition

Human Rights Commission

Québec Human Rights Commission

Nova Scotia
Human Rights Commission

New Brunswick
Human Rights Commission

Prince Edward Island
Human Rights Commission

Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission

North West Territories Human Rights Commission

Government of Nunavut

Canadian Islamic Congress

CIC is Canada's largest national non-profit and wholly independent Islamic organization and 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 sciences -- all professional areas where representation is most needed by our 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.  CIC has been conducting an ongoing media research project for the past 8 years, culminating in our 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. "Anti-Islam in the Media" 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 new bulletins available online.  Finally, CIC is working with other faith groups on Canadian social justice issues, such as child poverty and homelessness.  Information on to get involved in these projects can all be found on-line. 

Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association

The Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association (CMCLA) brings together individuals who are well versed in the Canadian legal system, those who have worked in the areas social policy as well as activists in the fields of education and the mass media. The diversity of these experiences and expertise enables CMCLA to address issues which reflect the complexities of Muslim life in Canada.  While CMCLA works at the grass roots level providing support to the individuals and communities, this helps CMCLA’s long-term goals which are geared towards the national forum. This focus enables the organization to affect the changes at the institutional and political levels.  By establishing projects with this focus in mind, CMCLA hopes to ensure that Muslims do not continue to be deemed as “the other” in Canadian society. As well, this ensures that the public is aware of Muslim positions on the issues that affect Canadian society.

The CMCLA website publishes information regarding the above issues.  There is access to newspaper articles, on-going campaigns, and other links to similar organizations.  Most importantly, there is a section on the website that allows user to report incidents of hate crime directly to CMCLA. 

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. CRRF will shed light on the causes and manifestations of racism; provide independent, outspoken national leadership; and act as a resource and facilitator in the pursuit of equity, fairness, and social justice.   The Canadian Race Relations Foundation 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.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation has a wealth of information including current programs, educational resources, special events, an education and training center and an on-going in depth analyses of critical race and racism-related issues.  It is the largest anti-racism campaign of its kind in Canada. 

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”).  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 that 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, encounter.  CRHC will provide a national voice that aadvocates nationally and regionally for resources to improve our 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; and applies the determinants of health in a manner that is appropriate and meaningful for our communities.

The CRHC website publishes documents concerning GLBT health and wellness for users to read and gather their own information.  CRHC publishes information regarding campaigns and projects they are currently working on or have completed.  The website provides a spot for those who are interested to become members of this organization.  There is a wealth of information that users have access too and directly speaks to those specific populations identified. 

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Easter Seals Canada

The first Canadian “Easter Seals” was introduced in Alberta in 1945 and the response was so positive, the first national Easter Seals was issued in 1949. By 1967, the Easter "seal" was so well recognized, 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 physically, mentally and spiritually.  Today Easter Seals licensed partners across Canada continue to work at the grass-roots level to elicit the on-going 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 Seal 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 over 4600 kids with disabilities. Other Easter Seal services include the provision of 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 that are available for participants to join.  The website provides an annual report published by Easter Seals that reports on new initiatives and the advancements rights for peoples with disabilities.  The Easter Seals website provides user with a section to Donate money to the organization as well as provides members with upcoming special events.  Lastly, there is section on the website for kids only with Camp Stories told by children who have attended the camp in the past. 

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, including Egan v. Canada, Mossop v. Canada, Vriend v. Alberta, M v. H & Ontario, Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada Customs, B.C. College of Teachers v. Trinity Western University, Chamberlain v. Surrey School Board, and most recently the Marriage Reference.  Egale also participates in annual consultations sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and Egale representatives have attended the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, the International Year of the Family Conference in Montreal, and the UN World Conference against Racism in South Africa.  Egale maintains an active commitment to bringing an intersectional approach to our work, meaning that we recognize the linkages 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 requires that our struggle for equality cannot be carried out in isolation from the struggle for equality of all disadvantaged communities.  This information can all be found on the website including how users can get involved as well.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario: Equity and Social Justice

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is the professional and protective organization representing over 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 that their voices are heard.  The work of ETFO focuses on those 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 class room.  In this section, the special issues discussed and explored are equity and services for women, anti-racism, First Nations, human rights, LGBT, and the status of women not only in the classroom, but in society as well.  Each of the topics mentioned above, contain their own section which informs teachers of special events directly related to the specific topic, as well as a wealth of resources that teachers can introduce to children in the class.  The ETFO also advertises for “…and still we rise” which is a leadership and personal growth conference that allows up to 400 women members from across Ontario to attend.  Finally, ETFO has designed a program called “Leaders for Tomorrow” which is designed for women ETFO members who self-identify as Aboriginal; racial minority; having a disability; and/or lesbian, bisexual, transgender.  It is a year long program in which such members can attend workshops and experiences that will help make them leaders within the organization. 

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Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust

The website, Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust informs readers about the untold stories of the residential schools in which Canadian Aboriginal children were sent.  The website published recent articles and books that are special to the topic of Indian residential schools.  The website contains a CTV documentary, radio broadcast that allow guest to talk about the legacy of the residential schools, and a 5 part lecture series, delivered in New Westminster, BC, based on two books written by K. Annett, Hidden From History: The Canadian Genocide and Love and Death in the Valley. This website offers users current, up to date information regarding protest and the progress made by Aboriginal organizations to bridge the gap between native and non-native Canadians. 

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League for Human Rights of B’nai Birth Canada

B'nai Birth 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 Birth Canada website offers a variety of resources that provides up to date news on current events and initiatives that this organization is trying to accomplish.  The website also offers locations of B’nai Birth Lodges that people can visit.  Most importantly, there is a section on the website that allows people who are victims of hate crime to report the incident and file the crime to the organization.

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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; by building, supporting and helping to coordinate local, regional, national as well as international initiatives, strategies and relationships; and by responding to issues & events in a timely & 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; engage in public awareness and education through various media and other channels; building, supporting and helping to coordinate advocacy campaigns across the country; and, building 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 public statements made by NARCC.  The website also provides readers with reports and documents in special issue areas such as human rights, justice and policing, media, poverty, Aboriginal, health, to name a few.  The website also provides an events calendar of up coming conferences and festivals that the public can attend.  Finally, the NARCC posts the times for its annual general meetings and provides website users with the opportunity to become a member of the council themselves. 

Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations

The Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations (NAARR) is an organization dedicated to the elimination of racism. NAARR develops and promotes anti-racist educational tools and resources for schools. NAARR also raises awareness about the consequences of racism, its sources and causes, as well as ways to combat racism through many year-round events. Community research is another of the organization's activities. NAARR commemorates March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day, NAARR coordinates and facilitates many activities for people of all ages.
Being an alliance on race relations, NAARR 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, NAARR continues its work throughout northern Alberta from its coordination base in Alberta's political capital, Edmonton.
NAARR websites offers many resources that are directly related to teaching and learning about racism in the class room.  Many of their programs and teaching units are directed at youth and eliminated racism at school.  NAARR’s website also publishes upcoming events as well as youth programs for children in the area to get involved in. 

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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. It has promoted racial integration, equal rights for women, and equal rights for gays and lesbians. It has motivated individuals to create massive support services for the poor, the sick, the hurting, and the 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 would be 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 that are found around the world.  Visitors to the website can click on a specific topic and learn about various religions from an objective stand point.  The website provides published research papers that explore questions about religion in the world.  The Ontario Consultants on Religion 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 center on religion and religious tolerance. 

Ontario March of Dimes
The vision of Ontario March of Dimes is to create a society inclusive of people with physical disabilities and their mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with physical disabilities. The Ontario March of Dimes have developed core values targeting different sectors of the community including their consumers, employees, the community, 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; create a work environment that is diverse, free from discrimination and treats staff fairly and respectfully; empower, recognize and reward staff for upholding the purpose and values of Ontario March of Dimes; and lastly, define and enforce standards of quality service, and strive for continuous improvement.
The Ontario March of Dimes website offers users a list of programs and services, how to contact and find regional offices, rehabilitation services, up to date information regarding government affairs and advocacy for people with disabilities, resources and links, news, and ways to volunteer for the organization. 

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PFLAG Canada

PFLAG Canada is a national non-profit organization, founded by parents who wished 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 member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal.  PFLAG supports these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow.  PFLAG Canada is a national voice that speaks 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 to provide quick answers. 

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The Recom Network is associated with the website  The website publishes recent news articles from across Canada that is related to incidents of Hate Crime.  The website also advertises upcoming conference concerning Hate Crime in Canada and how to more information regarding hate crime in Canada.

Rights and Democracy
Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) is a non-partisan organization with an international mandate. It was created by Canada's Parliament in 1988 to encourage and support the universal values of human rights and the promotion of democratic institutions and practices around the world.Rights & Democracy works with individuals, organizations and governments in Canada and abroad to promote the human and democratic rights defined in the United Nations' International Bill of Human Rights. Although its mandate is wide-ranging, Rights & Democracy currently focuses on four themes: democratic development, women's human rights, globalization and human rights, and the rights of indigenous peoples. It also has four Special Initiatives: Urgent Action/Important Opportunities, which responds to human rights crises and seizes important opportunities as they arise; International Human Rights Advocacy, to enhance the work of human rights advocates, in Canada and internationally, in the effective use of regional and international human rights mechanisms of the United Nations and regional human rights systems; Human Rights and Security, which monitors the impact of  "anti-terrorist" legislation and other security measures on civil liberties and human rights in Canada and abroad; and Human Rights and Democratic Awareness in Canada, which initiates and supports the activities of Canadian individuals and groups relating to human rights and democratic development around the world.                            

The Center for Rights and Democracy also houses a wide collection of over 20,000 documents on international human rights.  This unique collection has been built up over the years through research carried out by our staff and activities in the field.  The documents are available in print and in electronic form through a virtual library. A documentary collection (videos and CDs) is also accessible.

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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 twenty years of experience in providing anti-racism, multicultural and immigrant settlement education and research.  They are 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 up to date news and highlights current events and projects that CARES is working on.

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