Unity Tour – Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations and Uniting Muslims and Allies for Humanity present the #UnityTour, an events series across Canada to spark new friendships. Supported by Canadian Heritage , we seek to promote dialogue, enhance multiculturalism, and grow a strong and inclusive Canada. Join us in Ottawa (March 17), Calgary (March 24), and Toronto (May 27). Register for free at www.umah.ca


Human Rights Forum: Colonization and Systemic Racism – Pathways to Change

Date:   Thursday, December 7
Time:   7 – 9 p.m.
Location:   Bahen Centre for Info Tech, 40 St. George St, Room 1160, Adel Sedra Auditorium

Register here

Featuring Panelists:

Sylvia Maracle
Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), and Order of Canada recipient Renu Mandhane
Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Brittany Andrew-Amofah
Policy and Research Manager at the Broadbent Institute and UARR Board member

Anthony Morgan
Falconers LLP

Please send accommodation needs/requests to info@urbanalliance.ca by November 20.

Tamil and Somali Elders and youth: Building solidarity

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations,  would like to invite the public to attend the Plan of Action Summit happening on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at the North York Civic Centre from 5:30 – 9:00pm.
This summit is a capstone event for a two-year project engaging the Tamil and Somali communities in Toronto on issues relating to community engagement, policing, poverty, mental health, education and employment.
This project has been unique because it is the first of its kind to bring an ‘inter-generational’ lens to these topics as well as understand ways to develop cross-cultural solidarity.
Please make sure to register on Eventbrite as soon as possible as space is limited:
We look forward to having you join us!
Warm regards,
Urban Alliance on Race Relations Board

MIXED Art Conference 2017 : Get Your Tickets Now!

The aim of this multidisciplinary biennial art conference is to co-create an inclusive dialogue about racialized mixed identities and lived realities through an intersectional lens.

MIXED is a multidisciplinary art conference that provides a space to share our experiences around racialized mixed-race identities through art, discussion and community building. Facilitators will use storytelling, poetry, visual arts, performance art, etc. in the day’s events instead of solely relying on the traditional academic conference style where topics of race and identity tend to be discussed. By doing so, the attendees may co-create the content alongside the facilitators thereby facilitating a space where the attendees are also regarded as subject matter experts of their own experiences.

The 2017 conference theme is “Activism: Within and Without the Family”, featuring Sharon Chang, author of Raising Mixed Race! We’d love to hear your stories of resistance and resilience regarding the generational impact of: the 60s scoop, Japanese internment, Chinese head tax, anti-Black racism, etc; as well as how you cope with prejudice within the biological or transracially adoptive family, or even forging a community-based family.

Self Care Throughout the day,  active listeners will be available to assist with possible triggering. We will also be featuring a wellness group exercise lead by Dr. Samantha Boshart for some self-care debriefing at the end of the event.

We would like to have as many individuals participate in the event by reducing boundaries where possible. An all gender bathroom will be available and the space is wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is Pay What You Can, but no one will be turned away at the door. We ask all attendees to come scent-free.

MIXED is meant to be as safe a space as possible for all attendees which means no forms of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, discrimination based on age, class, weight, creed, immigration status, xenophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, cissexism, etc. will be tolerated.

Our 2015 event sold out very quickly.

The 2017 event tickets available now:

Click here to learn more about M.I.X.E.D.

Trick or Treaty? Critical questions about the #Canada150 celebrations in the context of the treaties (and disregard thereof) and Turtle Island history dating thousands of years

N’it and hello UARR friends and Family,

Please join Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, the Ryerson Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Urban Alliance of Race Relations for a free screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s film, “Trick or Treaty?”, a part of the National Film Board of Canada’s Canada 150 event across the country.

The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion addressing critical questions around Canada 150 celebrations in the context of the treaties (and disregard thereof) and Turtle Island history dating thousands of years.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6pm – 9pm
International Room
International Living/Learning Centre
240 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario

Dinner will be served prior to this event.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be in attendance.

Facebook invitation here

Synopsis of film by the National Film Board:

This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper.

In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.