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October 2019 Newsletter


CCRL Updates


November 2019 is our one year anniversary!



What have we done so far? 

We reached approx. 800 people directly, based on:

  • 2 guest speaking engagements via workshop and lecture 
  • One high school youth workshop 
  • 5 conferences 
  • 6 team publications, and more in draft form! 
  • Social media followers via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn 


What is to come? 

  • 2 guest speaking engagements (Regina and Montreal)
  • 1 conference (Hamilton)
  • 2 roundtables (Montreal and Vancouver)  
  • 2 focus groups (Lethbridge and Quebec City)
  • 1 teacher workshop (Montreal)
  • 1 lawyer workshop (Montreal)
  • 1 high school youth workshop (Montreal)
  • Educator toolkit and recommended resources (online)

We are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone in our non-profit’s history, and to look back at the accomplishments we’ve made so far. None of this would be possible without our incredible team, board of directors, advisors, and our partners and supporters – Thank you all! 

Please visit our website to learn more about upcoming events and resources

Headlines about religious literacy are noted below in this bi-monthly newsletter.



The Pulse



News, reports, and research headlines (Canada and global) related to religious literacy. Follow our Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts for headlines on a regular basis. As a reminder, these headlines do not indicate endorsement but are shared for the purpose of awareness.





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think corner

Religious Literacy Thought Corner

Here are some podcasts, webinars, and other resources for a more detailed understanding of religious literacy. 




Cultural/Holy days (October & November 2019)

This table describes the dates 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 most commonly recognized across parts of Canada.



We wish happiness and/or rejuvenating contemplation to all who may commemorate these cultural/holy days in the coming months.


October 2019


Oct 1 – Rosh Hashanah ends (Judaism)

Oct 7 – Navaratri ends (Hinduism) 

Oct 8 – Vijayadashami/Dussehra/Dashain (Hinduism)  

Oct 9 – Yom Kippur (Judaism)

Oct 14 – Sukkot, ends Oct 20 (Judaism)

Oct 20 – Birth of Guru Granth (Sikhism) 

Oct 21 – Shmini Atzeret (Judaism)

Oct 22 – Simchat Torah (Judaism)

Oct 25 – Dhan Teras (Hinduism) 

Oct 27 – Diwali (Hinduism)

Oct 29 – Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)

Oct 30 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)

Oct 31 – Samhain (Wiccan)


November 2019


Nov 1 – All Saints’ Day (Christianity)

Nov 2 – All Souls’ Day (Christianity)

Nov 10 – Mawlid-al-Nabi (Islam, Sunni)

Nov 12 – Guru Nanak Birthday (Sikhism)

Nov 14 – Mawlid-al-Nabi (Islam, Shia)

Nov 24 – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib (Sikhism)

Nov 26 – Christ the King (Christianity), Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)

Nov 28 – Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’í)

Nov 30 – St. Andrew’s Day (Christianity)



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