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August 2019 Newsletter


CCRL Updates


We were very active in June and July. In Quebec, members of our team joined the Coalition Inclusion Quebec and members of the public to protest against Bill 21. Today, we continue to support the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in challenging the Bill at the Quebec Superior Court.  

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CCRL team members protesting against Bill 21, Montreal (June, 2019).

Across the country, we continue to develop strong relationships with various partners and develop programming. This includes several conversations framed around the social and political realities in Canada, such as recent findings from the Association of Canadian Studies on how Canadians perceive God. Here we see that British Columbians and Quebeckers appear least likely to believe in God, while no Saskatchewanians strongly disagreed to believing in God and Nova Scotians’ sentiments on both sides are fairly even. 

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Definitely…maybe…no way: Do Canadians believe in God? study, Association for Canadian studies, 2019, slide 3.

We are also discussing how, despite lower rates of police-reported hate crimes motivated by religion in 2018, Statistics Canada has shared specific data with us that highlights the spike of crimes in Edmonton particularly towards Jewish people from 5 incidents in 2017 to 18 in 2018. 

StatsCan hate crime 2017 and 2018

As the detailed data is not posted online, please contact us if you would like the data we received from Statistics Canada.

These headlines and more 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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Religious Literacy Thought Corner

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





Cultural/Holy days (August and September 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.

August 2019

Aug 9 – Varalakshmi Vrata (parts of Hinduism)

Aug 11 – Tisha B’Av (Judaism)

Aug 12 – Eid ul-adha, ends Aug 15 (Islam)

Aug 15Assumption of Mary (various Christians), Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism)

Aug 24 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism)


September 2019

Sept 2 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism)

Sept 14 – Holy Cross Day/Feast of the Cross (various Christians)

Sept 23 – Autumn Equinox (Pagan and Wiccan)

Sept 29 – Navaratri, ends Oct 7 (Hinduism)

Sept 30 – Rosh Hashana, ends Oct 1 (Judaism)

Photos by Julie Fader and Zander Bederi on Unsplash.