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August 2021 Newsletter


CCRL Updates

Dear friends of CCRL,

This has been a unique summer. Many of you may have been working non-stop since March 2020, and July/August was the first real vacation you have had in months. As our team comes from different walks of life (religious, spiritual, and non-religious) and we know that you do too, we hope that your spirit and soul have been rested and refreshed this summer.

Our team went through similar challenges, and we have taken much of August to recuperate and prepare for the year ahead.

This fall, we are supporting The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto with passionate project partners at All Things Equitable Inc. We look forward to supporting their focus on diversity and inclusion in policy and practice. We also continue our projects to address racism in Victoria and BC with our partner organization, the Victoria Multifaith Society, and incredible BC-based community leaders, and find distinct ways to address social and economic well-being through religious literacy in northern Ontario and northern Alberta with the Rural Development Network.

Our insightful team members will also be hosting webinars in Peace Days Montreal and Alberta Cultural Days (with the CCIS team in Brooks, Alberta) this September.

As September rolls near and school starts for students, teachers, professors, and parents, we wish you all the best. The world keeps on shifting (clear throughout the headlines below) and we are finding ways to foster understanding and support through it all.

If you would like to support, collaborate, or connect with us in any way, please reach out at any time. You are welcome.



CCRL Executive Director & Co-Founder



The Pulse


(Upcoming newsletters will feature an image from a headline below. More info about the image above here: Regina inner city community garden program expands to homes, helps fight for food security CBC Saskatchewan)


How does belief (religious or not) inform life and society in Canada today?

Here are some headlines that show how religious, spiritual, and non-religious perspectives remain part of our daily lives and society. They show the struggles, virtues, and influence of Canadians in local and global communities. Some are one-on-one interactions while others are systemic, good and bad. 

Follow our Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts for headlines on a regular basis. Note, these headlines do not indicate endorsement but are shared for the purpose of awareness and understanding.



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Atlantic Provinces:






think corner

Religious Literacy Thought Corner

Every issue, this section will focus on one specific aspect of society or identity. Using religious literacy skills and framework, our team will briefly prompt how to identify and perceive the influence of religion, spirituality, and non-religious belief in our lives and world.

This August, we have decided to take a break from the thought corner, but we will be back in October. We look forward to sharing some thoughts with you then!





Cultural/Holy days (August & September 2021)

This list of dates are generally commemorated or observed by many individuals within a community. Some individuals from each community may not adhere to the cultural/holy days themselves. It is not a comprehensive list of cultural/holy days worldwide but a list of those commonly recognized across parts of Canada. Our team wishes you a rejuvenating time of contemplation and community support this August and September.


August 2021

Aug 10 – Islamic New Year (Muslims)

Aug 12 – Onam, ends on Aug 23 (Hindus)

Aug 13 – Obon, ends Aug 16 (Japanese Buddhists)

Aug 15 – Assumption of Mary (various Christians)

Aug 18 – Day of Ashura (Muslims)

Aug 30 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindus)



September 2021

Sept 7 – Rosh Hashana begins, ends Sept 8 (Jewish people)

Sept 10 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindus)

Sept 14 – Yom Kippur begins, ends Sept 15 (Jewish people),  Holy Cross Day/Feast of the Cross (various Christians)

Sept 17 – Vishwakarma Puja (Hindus)

Sept 20 – Sukkot, ends Sept 27 (Jewish people)

Sept 22 – Autumn Equinox (Pagans and Wiccans)

Sept 27 – Hoshana Rabbah (Jewish people)

Sept 28 – Shemini Atzeret (Jewish people)

Sept 29 – Simchat Torah (Jewish people)

Sept 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples)


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