Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD)
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO invites municipalities from across Canada to join the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination and be part of the larger International Coalition of Cities against Racism promoted by UNESCO.
In close cooperation with the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) and numerous partners at the national, provincial and local levels, CCMARD continues to extend across Canada.
As of April 2015, 63 municipalities across Canada have joined the network.
- List of member cities
- Interactive map showing membership and highlighting successful initiatives of municipalities
- How to join CCMARD
Since its inception, CCMARD has received the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Union of Municipalities of Quebec, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and the National Association of Friendship Centres. It also partners with the City for All Women Initiative to advance issues of common interest.
Many regional and local organizations as well as numerous engaged citizens are contributing actively to achieve CCMARD’s objectives and implement its values in communities across Canada.
Signatory municipalities of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination rely on the 10 Common Commitments to inform and guide their work. A municipality may choose to focus on a few priority areas and address other Commitments as its work progresses. Also, a municipality may find that its current programming already meets the objectives of a plan of action. These initiatives should be recognized and identified alongside any newer strategies designed to meet the defined Commitments.
Te 10 Common Commitments relate to three primary areas of municipal responsibility:
- the municipality as a guardian of public interest;
- the municipality as an organization in the fulfillment of human rights; and
- the municipality as a community sharing responsibility for respecting and promoting human rights and diversity.
In 2015, to commemorate the CCMARD’s 10th Anniversary, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO has commissioned the publication of a special edition of Canadian Diversity entitled “The Fight is Ours: The Potential of Municipalities to Eliminate Discrimination”. The issue draws together contributions of a broad range of stakeholders to reflect on the work, challenges and successes of municipalities in the field of antidiscrimination and look forward to the next decade of CCMARD in Canada. Canadian Diversity is published by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS).
For more information
Program Officer, Social and Human Sciences
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V8
Cc to joelle.tremblay(at)unesco.ca
- Toolkit for municipalities in Canada
- Special edition of Canadian Diversity – “The Fight is Ours: The Potential of Municipalities to Eliminate Discrimination” commissioned by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and published by the Association of Canadian Studies
- Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit prepared by Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
- Anti-racism and anti-discrimination for municipalities: Introductory manual prepared by the Ontario Human Rights Commission
- CCMARD Signatory Municipalities celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2015 (March 21)