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October 2019 Newsletter
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!
Headlines about religious literacy are noted below in this bi-monthly newsletter.
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.
- Justin Trudeau grapples with Quebec’s religious wear law Financial Times
- Federal candidates spar over abortion, persecution of Christians to woo Catholic voters Global News
- Could Quebec’s secularism law resonate in the rest of Canada? CBC Radio
- Religious shift may drain Tory support: Study reports increased liberalism among faithful, even in evangelical circles Winnipeg Free Press
- Federal candidates debate immigration, racism Yukon News
- Films with NWT links dominate Yellowknife Film Festival line-up Cabin Radio
- Inuit take the lead in Inuit Studies conference Nunatsiaq News
- Women only swim night at Yellowknife pool proves popular CBC North
- It’s a symbol of our strength’: Heiltsuk open first Big House in 120 years CFJC Today
- UBC expands Jewish Studies with $1 million gift Canadian Jewish News
- B.C. residential school survivors gather with Tseshaht First Nation to free lost souls APTN News
- Woman wins right to use term ‘death midwife’ in B.C. Supreme Court Global News
- Muslim Women Arts Festival — Edmonton CBC News, Edmonton
- Fort McMurray Celebrates Navratri Fort McMurray Today
- Faith Communities Support Climate Change Protestors in Edmonton Global News Edmonton
- Indigenous Ceremony Mocked During Climate Change Protest CTV News, Edmonton
- Muslim organization offers food to those in need CTV News Calgary
- Op-ed: Leaders wrong to accede to Quebec’s symbols-ban demand University of Manitoba News
- Opera about sex abuse to start dialogue Winnipeg Free Press
- Pagan priest challenging peoples’ opinions on gender, religion and ‘bi-spirituality’ CBC Saskatchewan
- ‘Crazy out there’: Increasing violence in North Central Regina has residents looking for solutions CBC News
- Who Chooses Ontario Independent Schools and Why? Cardus
- Ontario’s top court dismisses brain death case, but does not rule on key issue CTV Toronto
- OSPCA mobile spay and neuter unit travels to northwestern Ontario First Nation CBC Thunder Bay
- Opinion: The Algonquin grandmothers’ fight for the sacred Chaudiere falls Maclean’s
- Des manifestations contre la Loi 21 dans quatre villes du Québec La Presse
- Bonjour/Hi la police Journal de Quebec
- Québec veut interdire le «Bonjour-Hi!» dans les commerces et services publics Le Soleil
- «Face-à-Face»: les chefs ont tout donné » TVA
- Protesters continue rallying against Bill 21 across Quebec Global News
- Halifax-area PPC candidate under fire for Islamophobic tweets Global News
- Interfaith event hopes to get newer Canadians ready to vote CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
- ‘We will not forget you:’ Sisters in Spirit Vigil honours MMIWG CBC PEI
- CBU international student who drives cab says assault by passenger was racially motivated CTV News Atlantic
- Africa’s Catholic churches face competition and a troubled legacy as they grow The Conversation (Africa)
- The biggest hurdle for the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: how to define ‘religion’ The Conversation (Australia)
- Iran’s Khamenei says building, using nuclear bomb is forbidden under its religion: TV Reuters
- Surviving Indonesia as an atheist when the country is built on rigid religious traditions and policies South China Morning Post
Religious Literacy Thought Corner
Here are some podcasts, webinars, and other resources for a more detailed understanding of religious literacy.
- What is an Indigenous land acknowledgement and why are they important? People have different opinions about them across the provinces and at different venues. To learn more about them, check out: https://nativeland.ca/territory-acknowledgement/.
- Trying to understand Law 21 from a Quebec perspective? Read this two part discussion from the Montreal Gazette – Part 1, Part 2.
- Podcast: Spirits & Spirituality
- Podcast: “Religious Illiteracy: The Consequences of Ignorance” by Interfaith Voices
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.
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)
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 28 – Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’í)
Nov 30 – St. Andrew’s Day (Christianity)