3. Disaggregated Data

Nov 2018
Whereas:
  1. The CCR has two resolutions on poverty Racialization of poverty (Res.: 1 , Nov 2016) and Poverty circumstances of Government-Assisted Refugees (Res.: 2 , Nov 2005)
  2. Federal, provincial and territorial government legislation and policies should be based on sound evidence (including, but not limited to demographic and user data) that is representative of the experiences of all residents of Canada;
  3. Publicly available census and other administrative data is not representative of all residents of Canada;
Therefore be it resolved:

that the CCR call on federal, provincial and territorial governments to:

  1. Collect and make publicly available full access to disaggregated data;
  2. Ensure that legislation and policies that impact on poverty are informed by disaggregated data.

1. Racialization of poverty

Nov 2016
Whereas:
  1. The gap between rich and poor in Canada is widening generally, and disproportionately impacts racialized group members;
  2. Inequalities with respect to economic status, health, learning outcomes and more are deep and persistent among members of racialized groups;
  3. These are products of structural and systemic racism and exclusion;
Therefore be it resolved:

that the CCR call on all levels of government in Canada to:

  1. Work to expand fair access to institutions and opportunities;
  2. Promote economic equity and justice;
  3. Seek investments in opportunity and advancement;
  4. Work to ensure that racial equity and racial justice efforts are adequately funded and effectively resourced.

1. Gender and Anti-Racism Core Groups

Dec 2009
Whereas:
  1. The Gender and Anti-Racism Core Groups have contributed significantly to the development of CCR policy and practices since their creation;
  2. The structure of the core groups no longer meets the needs of the CCR membership;
  3. The CCR adopted in May 2009 an Anti-Oppression Policy which addresses oppression based on gender and racism as well as many other forms of oppression;
Therefore be it resolved:

That:

  1. The Gender and Anti-Racism Core Groups cease to exist.
  2. The Executive, in consultation with current core group members, core group candidates, Working Group chairs and other members interested, develop a proposal for new structures to address anti-oppression issues, and that this proposal be submitted to the membership at the Spring General Meeting. In the meantime the Executive will have responsibility for ensuring gender and anti-racism issues are addressed.
Working Group:

3. Racism and xenophobia

May 2007
Whereas:
  1. Racism and xenophobia, especially as directed towards immigrants and refugees, is alive and well in Canada;
  2. This is manifested through legislation, policy and practice and has a brutal and lasting impact on immigrants and refugees;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Ask the government to report periodically on how it is countering racism and xenophobia with specific attention to the impact on immigrants and refugees;
  2. Ask the government of Canada to establish an independent review body to review, with respect to racism and xenophobia, programs and policies that have a bearing on refugees and immigrants;
  3. Ask the federal and provincial governments to implement mandatory anti-racism training for all their employees.

6. World conference against racism

Jun 2000
Whereas:
  1. The UN is organizing in South Africa a World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia & Related Intolerance to be held in July 2001;
  2. Refugees and asylum seekers experience specific forms of xenophobia and intolerance not experienced by other migrants;
  3. The World Conference has the long term potential to not only improve the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Canada but to improve their treatment world-wide;
  4. The CCR has an anti-racism policy;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge the government of Canada to:

  1. Ensure that the UN Action Plan produced includes a section advancing the protection of refugees and asylum seekers;
  2. Ensure and enable the participation of NGOs and refugees capable of analyzing and suggesting verifiable measures to address xenophobia and related intolerance towards refugees and asylum seekers;
  3. Develop and promote verifiable measures to address xenophobia and related intolerance towards refugees and asylum-seekers.
Working Group:

1. Convention relating to the Anti-Racism Policy

May 1998
Whereas:
  1. The Canadian Council for Refugees recognizes that racism is systemic in Canadian society. It causes pain, humiliation and has far-reaching consequences. It is embedded in society and social institutions in a way that is so pervasive that it is often invisible;
  2. The Anti-Racism Policy of the Canadian Council for Refugees was adopted on November 24th, 1996 by its members who have recognized that racism prevents equality in opportunity and access to asylum, immigration opportunities, education, jobs, housing, health care and social services, and limits participation in decision-making bodies;
  3. The CCR acknowledges its commitment to promote anti-racism principles and practices among its member organizations;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR urge all its member groups to adopt the following convention:

As a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees, our organization:

  1. Commits itself to facilitating the elimination of racism and all forms of discrimination by working towards the identification and elimination of the barriers that prevent refugees and immigrants from participating in Canadian society;
  2. Commits itself to ensuring that the principles of equality, equity for all races, languages, faiths and cultures are reflected in our organization's policies, procedures and relations with staff, members and the society. It is our responsibility to ensure that the communities that we serve and members of our organization see themselves valued and reflected within the organization;
  3. Undertakes to develop and implement an anti-racism policy;
  4. Fosters an environment that is free of racism, sexism, discrimination and bias where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity;
  5. Seeks opportunities for training and education in anti-racism for our staff, volunteers and Board;
  6. Provides opportunities for refugees, immigrants and people of colour to be represented when selecting participants for meetings (e.g. CCR conferences) and when organizing events;
  7. Recognizes the importance of public education about why Canada must protect refugees and welcome immigrants. This work may be undertaken through active media work, through public education programs and through making positive information on refugees and immigrants readily available and accessible.
Working Group:

1. Anti-racism policy

Nov 1996
Whereas:
  1. The CCR recognizes that racism is systemic in Canadian society, and that organizations committed to social justice must build systemic structures to promote anti-racism.
  2. Racism reinforces xenophobia, increasing the obstacles to participation faced by many refugees and immigrants.
  3. The CCR is committed to promoting anti-racism within the CCR and among member organizations.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Endorse the Anti-racism policy developed by the Anti-Racism Core Group.
  2. Accept this policy as one of the organization's operational policies.
Working Group:

2. Systemic racism in refugee and immigration, services, policies and structures in Canada

Nov 1996
Whereas:
  1. The CCR recognizes that racism is systemic in Canadian society and its institutions and that organizations committed to social justice must encourage structures that promote anti-racism.
  2. The Canadian government department of Multiculturalism and the Status of Women launched the Canadian Race Relations Foundation in recognition of injustices suffered by Japanese Canadians during the Second World War (Japanese-Canadian Redress Agreement) including the Japanese-Canadian head tax; this foundation has a mandate to do work on eliminating all forms of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canada.
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR:

  1. Call on the chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to appoint a Task Force to examine refugee and immigration services, policies and structures in Canada for systemic racism.
  2. Call on the chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to ensure that such a Task Force include refugees, immigrants, refugee and immigrant advocacy organizations and experts in systemic racism in Canada.