Mar 9, 2020
1:30—3 pm
Library Square Conference Centre, Alma Peter Room

(Located at the Vancouver Central Library, 350 W Georgia St.)



We’ve seen a rise of racist and bigoted attacks in the Lower Mainland since 2019. These include a racist rant in a parking lot directed to a woman of Asian descent, a racist tirade against an Asian woman for not speaking English at her place of employment, and most recently, the Bank of Montreal’s responsibility in the detainment and arrest of a grandfather and his granddaughter based on their indigenous heritage. Our public roundtable talk aims to discuss these issues and their impact on residents of the Lower Mainland. We will hear from experts in this area while also acknowledging the experience of racialized and minority individuals in our audience.


Join us to engage and act.


Registration is free, but please reserve your seat via: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/93193116119



This roundtable aims to be an:

    • Opportunity for the public to understand and discuss the impact of this issue at a variety of levels, for the well being of our cities and communities;
    • Opportunity for the public to analyze the current state and responses to this issue from the perspective of those working on finding solutions to racism in all its forms;
    • Opportunity to create partnerships and a meaningful exchange/dialogue between community members affected by and responding to this issue.


By the end of this talk, we hope that:

    • Participants will have gained familiarity and an appreciation for the complexity of this issue from a variety of perspectives;
    • Speakers and those engaged on this issue will have shared their work with a wider public audience and solicit support from those in attendance.

To achieve these objectives and address racism after the roundtable, notetakers will document ideas and perspectives during roundtable discussions. All identifiers will be removed for confidentiality reasons, unless otherwise stated. Notes will be shared only between the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and local leaders and community groups that wish to collaborate on future initiatives.

Local leaders and experts in dialogue with us include:

  • Kasari Govender, BC Human Rights Commissioner
  • Alison Dudley, Executive Director, Multiculturalism Branch, BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture
  • Jennifer Reddy, Trustee, Vancouver School Board
  • Laura Mannix, Director of Community Development, DIVERSECity
  • Dr. Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor, University of Victoria
  • A representative from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation


If you have any questions, please contact Alim Fakirani (af@ccrl-clrc.ca), the BC Regional Director for the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy.


This roundtable is organized by the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy and sponsored by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, two non-profit organizations. These annual roundtable talks are an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns around race and racism in Canada. These roundtable talks are also an opportunity for government and civil society leaders to hear and respond to the public’s concerns. 

The Centre for Civic Religious Literacy (CCRL) is a non-religious non-profit that aims to foster understanding about religious, spiritual, and non-religious beliefs in all sectors of Canadian society. To learn more about CCRL’s mandate, mission, and vision, visit: https://ccrl-clrc.ca/mission-and-vision.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada’s leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.