We promote understanding and address social issues through the skills, knowledge, and lens in the religious literacy framework. Each research, training, and consulting project engages partners, community members, and/or clients using our three-pronged approach.
Being proactive in rural Canada: Creating mechanisms for inclusive workplaces that support employers and employees (Jan 2022 – Dec 2023)
This two-year pilot project will support employers, immigrants, and refugees in the Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce region to engage with diversity through an intersectional religious literacy lens. Together, we will pilot faith-friendly employee resource groups (ERGs) and a faith-friendly workplace certification for rural small-to-medium sized businesses. CBC Sudbury’s Up North show featured the project here.
Partners: Rural Development Network, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Temiskaming Shores | Funder: World Education Services Mariam Assefa Fund
A collaborative project to support The Stop in strengthening their organizational culture and work. An assessment, facilitation, and training project to support The Stop in its anti-racism and anti-oppression priorities.
A national project to help P2C-S understand student experiences in their programming across Canadian campuses. An assessment, research, and training consultancy in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
A localized project to help the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries complete a Diversity Audit of adult and juvenile library materials held at the A.C. Hunter Public Library in St. John’s.
Religious, spiritual, and non-religious understanding in rural Canada: A pilot project to promote social and economic well-being through religious literacy (Jan 2021 – Jan 2022)
This project is Phase 1 of a multi-year project that aims to improve the social and economic well-being of rural communities connected to the Islamic Families and Social Services Association in Edmonton and the Keepers of the Circle Indigenous Hub in Temiskaming Shores and Kirkland Lake, Ontario. This phase focuses on adult education training. Photos from this project are in our gallery.
Discussing racism: Leading change from multi-faith spaces (Jan 2021 – Mar 2022)
This one-year project aims to lead anti-racist attitudinal change by engaging religious and non-religious leaders in Victoria and regional and provincial leaders in British Columbia, as pivotal insiders in their communities who are positioned to lead cultural change. In dialogue with eight Victoria leaders and eight regional and provincial leaders, we co-created a resource for their anti-racist work that would suit their needs. Our Toolkit is available here. Photos from this project are in our gallery.
A pioneering endeavour to help OELC create a new program for Ontario students to understand how religious literacy skills are a valuable asset for leadership today. An education and training-specific project.