In 2018, 2019, and 2020, we engaged in training and public discussions. Here’s a list of our engagements to learn about our work.

To see our upcoming engagements, visit Our Engagements page. Our current projects are listed on Our Projects page.

2020 Engagements

Jan 12 – Humanist Canada Webinar: “Bill 21: Understanding the different sides of the tension.”

Jan 13 – “Religious bullying” in-class workshop, Faculty of Education, McGill University

Jan 15 – CBC Radio Noon Montreal interview with Dr. Sabrina Jafralie, Don’t give me that old time religion – Quebec to move away from the ERC course“.

Jan 22 – “Diversity, religious literacy, equity: Perspectives on Bill 21” workshop for law students, Faculty of Law, McGill University (sponsored by the Faculty of Law Equity Committee).

Jan 27 – “Civic Dialogue” in-class workshop, Faculty of Education, McGill University.

Feb 4 – “Bill 21 and Teaching in Quebec (For B.Ed.)” workshop, Faculty of Education, McGill University. Postponed. 

Feb 20 – “Religious, spiritual, and non-religious patients: Cultural competency & self-care for nurses” in Toronto. Postponed. 

Feb 25 – “Political and religious literacy: How do they intersect?” in-class lecture and workshop, Social Development Studies, Renison College, University of Waterloo, ON

Feb 25 – “Speaking about religion publicly (personally and professionally) à la Habermas” in-class lecture and workshop, Martin Luther University College, Wilfrid Laurier University, ON

Mar 9 – “Racism and Civil Society: Seeking room for dialogue” public roundtable, Vancouver Public Library. More info here:

Mar 19 – “What is a ‘good life’? Looking at worldviews, dialogue, and integration” workshop presentation, Metropolis conference, Winnipeg, MB Postponed due to COVID-19.

Mar 29 – “Unpacking Racism Beyond Race” workshop, Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) Anti-Racism conference, Hamilton, ON. Postponed due to COVID-19.

Apr 2 – “Understanding different religious, spiritual, non-religious, and cultural worldviews for team work,” elective course (online), Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto, ON.

Apr 28 – “From within and from without: Exploring how regional contexts influence barriers to socialization and belonging in organizations” conference presentation, Center for Research on Inclusion at Work, Carleton University, Ottawa Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Apr 28 – “Understanding different religious, spiritual, non-religious, and cultural worldviews for team work,” elective course (online), Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto, ON.

May 22 – “Islamophobia, Academia and Representation” presentation by Dr. Hicham Tiflati, our QC Regional Director, during the 16th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US. Canceled due to COVID-19. 

May 26 – “Responding to inter-cultural hate in the time of COVID-19” panel presentation by Alim Fakirani, our BC Regional Director, during the Religious, Spiritual, Secular: Living in a Pluralistic Culture Online Academic & Community Conference, hosted by the Vancouver School of Theology.

June 4 – “Racism during COVID-19” virtual dialogue, co-hosted with the North Shore Restorative Justice Society.

Le juin 29 – « Vivre ensemble, malgré le racisme. Un défi québécois. » Une discussion de groupe confidentielle et bilingue, co-organisé par le Fondation canadienne des relations raciales.

July 9 – “Racism during COVID” virtual dialogue, co-hosted with the North Shore Restorative Justice Society.

Aug 3-5 – “Relating equity of RSSI to students’ professional stance and responsibility,” online conference presentation, International Conference on Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities in Higher Education.

Aug 7 – “Covid-19 and Racism: A difficult intersection to interpret and translate,” online webinar, Words Without Borders.

le 7 octobre – « Actes, incidents et discours haineux : Comprendre, reconnaître et prévenir » en-ligne, Dr Hicham Tiflati avec le Centre de prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence (CPRMV) aux Journées de la paix. Ce sera un webinaire en français, mais English questions are welcome too.

Oct 19-23 – “Understanding religious perspectives,” a Focus Week course, Faculty of Law, McGill University.

Oct 28 – “From Africville to Hogan’s Alley: The importance of Black spaces in Canada.” A webinar, Dr. Sabrina Jafralie with Montreal in Action.

Oct 28 – “Bridging Divides & Religious Freedom in Canada & US“, A panel conversation, Alim Fakirani with Religious Freedom USA.

Nov 2 – “Spirituality, Religious Literacy, and Social Work,” a workshop, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Nov 9 – “Understanding religious discrimination and bullying,” A webinar, Dr. W. Y. Alice Chan with Prospect Adult Religious Literacy Series, Illinois.



“Thank you for your presentation! It was great: balanced and comprehensive.” – Anna, webinar attendee, Humanist Canada (January, 2020).

“Interactive part and quotes were fantastic.” – Law student, McGill University (January, 2020). 

“Thank you so much for facilitating a thought provoking workshop and sharing your materials with me. I sincerely hope to see this workshop (or a similar workshop) by the CCRL at the Faculty of Law again.  I found myself reflecting on the workshop for days after and again this week because the Muslim Law Student Association (myself included) hosted a commemoration of the Quebec City mosque shooting. Religious literacy is so important- and maybe the best way to combat Islamophobia. I’ve signed up for the CCRL’s newsletter and hope to stay in the loop. Keep up the great work!” – Law student, Faculty of Law, McGill University (January, 2020). 


2019 Engagements



After this workshop, do you feel more confident supporting people who experience prejudice, stereotypes, or discrimination? 45% – strongly agree. 49% – agree.  – Responses from 92 high school students, Montreal (Oct, 2019). 

“I really like(d) the discussion and reminders that religion and sexuality can coexist, it really helped others from what I saw :)”  – High school student, from “Queering Religion” workshop, Brampton, Ontario (April, 2019). 

81% of attendees (among 16) found the workshop “very helpful.” – Workshop survey responses, Our Whole Society conference. A conference for policy makers, leadership from national religious organizations, academics, and others doing multi-faith work. Toronto (April, 2019).

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2018 Engagements

November 2, 2018. “Introduction to the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy.” Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, Canada.