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CEC Activity Report

(April 1 , 1998 – June 1, 2008)
Updated June 2008

PROJECTS / PARTNERSHIPS

Strategic Engagement of High-Risk Youth in Ethnocutlural Communities on Diabetes Awareness:

Resource Guide, Community Awareness Report and Demographics and Social networking Report. Funded the Public Health Agency of Canada

Resolving Conflict Through Intergenerational Dialogue and Cross-cultural understanding;

A Community Training Initiative, in partnership with YOUCAN and funded by Canadian Heritage A Pilot Model on Engaging Ethnocultural Communities on Hepatitis C In partnership with the Canadian Liver Foundation for the Public Health Agency of Canada

Strategies for Outreach to Ethnocultural Communities on the Reintegration of Offenders

Correctional Services Canada

An Outreach Plan for Ethnocultural Communities on the Travelers Awareness Campaign

For the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Diabetes and Ethnic Older Adults: Best Practice Models for Prevention and Management Project

A report “Starting and Maintaining an Ethno-Specific Diabetes Support Group” has been developed by the Canadian Ethnocultural Council to provide a basic working model for the implementation of an autonomous “Diabetes Self-Directed Support Group” for aging ethnic adults in Canada.

Forum on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Youth, Children and Women;

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council partnered with the Department of Justice Canada and collaborated with Status of Women Canada, Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canadian Council for Refugees for the forum on March 30, 2004, National Press Club, Ottawa.

 

i) “Developing and Building Capacity in Ethnocultural Communities”  

On October 25-27, 2002, over 100 participants from across Canada attended a national conference by the CEC in cooperation with, the Law Commission of Canada, the Institute on Governance and the Association of Canadian Studies co-sponsored a national conference, "Looking Back, Looking Forward: Building Strong Ethnocultural Communities". It concluded the first of three phases of a 3-year project, "Developing and building Capacity in Ethnocultural Communities", funded by the Multiculturalism Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The conference brought together leaders of national ethnocultural organizations and representatives of provincial multicultural groups to establish, strengthen and build governance and community capacity within ethnocultural communities, in the context of Canada's celebration of 30 years of Multiculturalism Policy in 2001. The conference was televised on OMNI TV.

 

Toolkit and Train the Trainer Sessions 2003 and 2004-05-21

It is in the spirit that the Multiculturalism Program of the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage provided funding to the Canadian Ethnocultural Council to produce a "toolkit" for emerging communities to use as they grow in today's Canada.

An assessment made by the Canadian Ethnocultural Council indicated, among other things, that for this to happen a community must: Have leadership, be unified, be self-sufficient in resources, have active youth involvement, have a strong committed volunteer base, have a sustainable infrastructure and capacity to carry out its work, have a positive media profile, and carry out activities that are beneficial to all Canadians.

The chapters in the toolkit aim to support these findings through the presentation of basic information, illustrative case studies, workshop outlines, and identification of accessible and affordable resources.

One of the best ways of learning is by teaching others. Train-the-trainers methodology takes this one step further. There is not much new in sharing information with others, so that they too can strengthen their organization. Train-the-trainers formalizes this process and asks for a commitment on the part of those receiving training to undertake similar workshops with the communities they serve.

ii) "Culturally Appropriate Best Practice Models for Healthy Aging"

Duration: September 2000-September 2003

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council has published a resource manual on "Culturally Appropriate Best Practice Models for Healthy Aging", for use by healthcare providers and healthcare agencies serving ethnic seniors across Canada.

The project was funded by Health Canada.

iii) “Type 2 Diabetes in Asian, Black, and Hispanic Populations: Community-Based Prevention Model”                                                                       

Duration: March 2001 – March 2004

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council has designed and developed an "Ethnic Food Guide for Healthcare Professionals" on an interactive CD.

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council has developed an innovative model promoting lifestyle changes related to the occurrence of type 2 diabetes among older adults from Asian, Black, and Hispanic backgrounds.

Financial  support provided by  Prevention  and  Promotion  Contribution Program,  Health Canada.

iv“Diabetes and Ethnic Older Adults: Best Practice Models for Prevention and Management”                                

Duration: February 2002 – March 2004

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council has produced a culturally appropriate resource information package about type 2 diabetes for use by healthcare providers and healthcare agencies across Canada. This resource package was developed in partnership with the London InterCommunity Health Centre.

Financial support provided by the Prevention and Promotion Contribution Program, Health Canada.

v) Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2003 marked the first Multiculturalism Day in Canada. This event brough community groups and members of parliament together to enjoy a luncheon with speakers, a performer and a display of the "Quilt of Belonging". The patches of the quilt come from people of various cultural backgrounds who live in Canada. Along with the celebrations there was a consultation with the Canadian Ethnocultural Council's member organizations and the federal government's department of Canadian Heritage representatives. This was a chance for the CEC's members to voice their opinions and concerns regarding their communities.

vi) Youth Forum

As part of the constultations on Canada's foreign policy, organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), youth delegates selected by the CEC participated in a Foreign Affairs Youth Forum in Ottawa in March 2003. The Forum provided ethnocultural and other youth with the opportunity to recommend ways to strengthen Canada's foreign policy priorities.

vii) Healthy Aging in Caring Communities: A Cross-Cultural Approach Project

The project was undertaken by the CEC, in partnership with the National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization, United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society, amd the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Saskatchewan Provincial Council with funding support of the Population Health Fund, Health Canada. The project was completed and the report submitted to Health Canada on May 15, 1998. A separate evaluation report was also submitted to Health Canada.

viii) A Feasibility Study on Multicultural Community Care Services Project

On May 29, 1998, the CEC-Canadian Association of Community Care (CACC) joint project " A Feasibility Study on Multicultural Community Care" was completed and the report submitted to CACC. CACC will incorporate the required information from the report and submit the final report to Health Canada in September1998. The information will contribute to a proposed future comprehensive project on multiculturalism and community care whose goals are to ensure that community care services across Canada respond to the needs of culturally diverse populations, thereby enhancing the health status of various multicultural groups, to improve access to community care for Canada's multicultural population and to improve the quality of community services provided by home care/home support agencies, long-term care facilities to various ethnocultural groups.

ix) National Non-Profit Associations in Canada: An Analysis of their Role in Public Policy to Address Diversity Project

The project was undertaken by Dr. A. Kobayashi with the support of the Kohanoff Foundation and the School of Policy Studies at Queens University. To assess the role of non-profit national associations, the study was conducted in cooperation with the CEC and its member organizations. The project was completed in June 1998. The study involved the following: 1) A macro-scale study of all 33 member organizations of the CEC by administering a questionnaire; focus group discussions during Board of Presidents' meetings: archival survey of records of the CEC; a follow-up survey with selected government departments. 2) Case-studies of five associations. The CEC will have access to Dr. Kobayashi's research findings.

x) CEC Booklet for Child Welfare/Child Protection Workers

CEC's booklet for Child Welfare/Child Protection workers "Working with Immigrant Families" final draft was prepared (September 1998). Child Welfare League of Canada was contracted by CEC to prepare the document. CEC Executive Director reviewed the document. The final document will be translated, printed and distributed.

xi) "Use and Misuse of Drugs by Seniors: A Cross-Cultural Education Model" Project

During September 1998, CEC developed the project proposal to be submitted to the Population Health Fund, Health Canada. The project partners include the Centre for Mental Health (Addiction Research Division) and Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Saskatchewan Provincial Council. Support letters for the project were received from National Association of Japanese Canadians, United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society and Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia.

xii) Human Rights for the 21st Century: Rethinking Anti-Racism and Human Rights- Sharpening the Tools

The CEC and the National Association of Japanese Canadians are the partners in the development of a project to celebrate the anniversary of the Multiculturalism Act. The project is a national conference on anti-racism and human rights practices with the objective of defining the concepts and practices for " Human Rights for the 21st Century".

xiii) “Our Nations’ Elders Speak: Unwanted Isolation Experienced by Elders in First Nations, Inuit and Ethnocultural Minority Communities” – A joint project between the National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization and the Canadian Ethnocultural Council Duration: March 1995 – March 1997

REPRESENTATIONS

i) Feasibility Study on Cultural Diversity Research and Analysis

The project is a partnership effort of the Canadian Council on Social Development and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. CEC Executive Director is a member of the Steering Committee for the project. The project objective is to determine the need for and the feasibility of undertaking ethnoracial data research and analysis. The study has two parallel stages: (1) assessing the current state of research and (2) identifying the information needs among those who are active in social planning, service delivery, and research in the area.

x) Consultations on Canada’s Foreign Policy

The CEC youth group participated in consultations and responded to a discussion paper through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; and the CEC Youth Group participated in a Foreign Affairs Youth Forum in Ottawa (March – April, 2003).

xi) Consultation and assistance toward the Juno Beach Museum,

funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and opened on June 6, 2003, in Normandy, France.  

xii) United Nations Special Rapporteur receives CEC report

The CEC presented a report, "Racism and Racial Discrimination in Canada Report on the Compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination. Human Rights Reporting and Complaint Systems in Canada. Concerns about Accessibility, Effectiveness and Equality." September 2003