We are a non-religious non-profit working for all sectors of Canadian society.
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 offer training, research, consulting, and program evaluation. Our educational programs and professional development is localized for your specific needs through a consulting-based approach. Our approach involves partnerships with local community leaders, elders, and knowledge keepers.
Our workshops help professionals understand how religious literacy relates to their work. In our experience so far,
- 80 to 100% of our workshop attendees see relevance of civic religious literacy in their professional life, and
- 60 to 97% of our workshop attendees see relevance of civic religious literacy in their personal life too.
“As a neuroscience researcher, I don’t come across discussions about spiritualities and politics a lot. Now, knowing that how great of an impact such topics can have on people’s every life, it might be worthwhile for me to expand my research to include these topics.”
– Undergraduate Student, “How do political and religious literacy intersect?” workshop, University of Waterloo, ON (February, 2020).
“Thank you for your presentation! It was great: balanced and comprehensive.”
– Anna, webinar attendee, Humanist Canada (January, 2020).
45% – Strongly Agree. 49% – Agree, “I feel more confident supporting people who experience prejudice, stereotypes, or discrimination.”
–Ninety-two high school students, “Ethics fair” workshops co-hosted with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Montreal, QC (Oct, 2019).
For more testimonials, visit: https://ccrl-clrc.ca/our-engagements/.
To review recordings and photos from our past engagements, visit: https://ccrl-clrc.ca/gallery/.
Why civic religious literacy matters
Civic religious literacy is not just content-knowledge. It is a set of skills that can address the root problems of misunderstanding, lack of knowledge, or prejudice that leads to religious discrimination, religious bullying, and hate in Canada.
This is important as religion continues to be the second most common motivator of hate crimes, from 2013 to 2018.
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, Quebec, and other parts of Canada. All our work is grounded in our mission and vision.
For a list of our past and upcoming engagements, visit: https://ccrl-clrc.ca/our-engagements/.
Our team consists of award-winning academics and educators, supported by a board of directors and advisory team who are internationally recognized experts. We are passionate and committed academics and community leaders from various religious, non-religious, and Indigenous backgrounds.
As religious literacy specialists, researchers, and educators, we inform the Canadian society of spiritual diversity in its many forms – religious, spiritual, and non-religious. We do this to encourage civic attitudes and understanding across Canada.
Header Photo: Public Domain Picture by Kai Oberhäuser