Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD)
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO invites municipalities from across Canada to join a Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination and be part of a larger International Coalition promoted by UNESCO.
The Pan-Canadian Working Group led by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) with the help of its partners across Canada developed a "Call for a Canadian Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination". The Call was launched at the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) Annual Meeting in June 2005 in Saskatoon. This initiative obtained the support from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in September 2005, the Union of Municipalities of Quebec and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association in 2006.
In June 2010, The Canadian Coalition was officially founded in Calgary.
Since the inception of the Coalition, more than 50 cities have joined the network.
- List of member cities [PDF]
In close cooperation with Human Rights Commissions in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), associations of municipalities in different provinces as well as the National Association of Friendship Centres for aboriginal peoples, CCMARD continues to extend across Canada.
For more information, please contact:
Ms Cynthia Lacasse
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V8
Tel: 1-613-566-4414 ext. 4550
- Website of the Canadian Coalition
- Toolkit for municipalities in Canada
- Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit prepared by Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)