Our work is about civic religious literacy – a framework to guide individuals and organizations to better understand religious, spiritual, and non-religious individuals they work with, live with, engage with, support, and teach.
We work in schools, the work environment, and community and develop localized educational programs and professional development for your specific needs through a consulting-based approach. Our approach involves partnerships with local community leaders, elders, and knowledge keepers.
Why this matters
Civic religious literacy is one way to address the root problems of misunderstanding, lack of knowledge, or prejudice that leads to religious discrimination, religious bullying, and hate in Canada.
In 2015 and 2016, religious-motivated hate crimes were the second largest category of hate crimes in Canada. In 2017, religious-motivated hate crimes were 41% of all hate crimes in Canada.
Specific statistical details vary by province and region, but hate crimes motivated by religion is of particular concern in Canada’s two largest cities of Toronto and Montreal.
The number of police-reported hate crimes based on religion has been very high, even though researchers and law enforcement know that the willingness to report hate crimes is low. So, we know this data is just the tip of the iceberg.
Additionally, our work responds to four practical needs across Canada today:
These four needs are discussed here and considered within the distinct provinces we work in.
Where we work
Our approach involves partnerships with local community leaders, elders, and knowledge keepers. We do this to consider the unique qualities of each province and territory and cater all our educational programming for the topical or industry need of each group we work with across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. All our work is grounded in our mission and vision.
For a list of our past and upcoming workshops and presentations, visit: https://ccrl-clrc.ca/our-presentations/.
Our incredible team of academics and community leaders is composed of passionate and connected experts across Canada, and internationally, from various religious, non-religious, and Indigenous backgrounds.
As religious literacy specialists, researchers, and educators from various religious and non-religious backgrounds, we inform the Canadian society of spiritual diversity in its many forms – religious, spiritual, and non-religious – in order to encourage civic attitudes and understanding across Canada.
Header Photo: Public Domain Picture by Kai Oberhäuser