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Job Posting - Coordinator, Community and Race Relations Committee

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Terms of Employment: 18hrs/wk x 52 weeks in Peterborough, ON. Permanent position granted upon success of probationary periods.

Wage: $16.00/hr + benefits ($2 increases after 3 & 6 month probation periods)

Reports to: Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough, Board of Directors

The Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC) are seeking a part-time Coordinator to be responsible for promoting anti-racism, diversity and anti-oppression in the City/County of Peterborough. The coordinator will be responsible for developing, managing and implementing programming for the CRRC to advocate for an equitable society. You will report directly to the Board of Directors, and will need to work closely with community and local organizations. Strong writing, communications, organizational and outreach skills as well as a solid analysis of anti-racism, anti-oppression, decolonization and intersectionality are required for this position. You will also be responsible for actively participating in the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration, and therefore need an understanding of issues facing newcomers. This position is self-directed as well as board-directed, and the ideal candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work some flexible hours, be passionate about anti-racism, and have excellent capacity to liaise with differing levels of government and other not-for-profit, public and grassroots organizations. 

Primary Areas of Responsibility and Specific Duties:

Advocacy & Research

  •  Advocate for anti-racism, diversity and equity
  • Coordinate research partnerships with educational institutions and community researcher bodies, promoting anti-racism and social justice
  • Intake, processing and supporting the resolution of complaints/incidents reported through supporting and taking direction from survivors of racism
  • Provide anti-racist consultation services to community organizations, service providers, businesses and individuals

Programming and Campaigns

  • Coordinate CRRC programming and campaigns, including developing new campaigns
  • Participate actively as a member of the Peterborough Partnership Council of Immigrant Integration, the Trent Levy Council, and the Positive Spaces Initiative
  • Organize events, workshops, trainings, skill-shares, talking circles and other activities to raise awareness of racism and to strengthen anti-racist community capacity
  • Coordinate community programming and events for times of observance, including Black History Month, the March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Asian and South Asian Heritage Month, and National Aboriginal History Month.


  • Outreach and liaise with local community partners
  • Represent CRRC at community events, to media and the public
  • Maintain positive relations with community partners, and foster the development of new relationships with emerging community groups


  • Draft support materials, including literature, press releases, web materials, etc.
  • Draft correspondence and write reports as necessary
  • Write grant, funding and sponsorship proposals
  • Develop internal resources as needed


  • Manage email traffic, phone communications, project updates, and content updates of websites and social media
  • Maintain office, including banking, basic accounting, filing, and scheduling
  • Support and attend meetings of CRRC Board of Directors; track follow-up actions


Required Education, Experience and Skills: 


A minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), preferably in the social sciences or related field


  •  Two years of advocacy or anti-oppression related work experience preferred
  • Experience in a nonprofit setting and/or experience with community organizing preferred 
  • Experience working with/in racially marginalized communities


  • Knowledge of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles and practices
  • Experience in social justice advocacy and community organizing
  • A minimum working knowledge of issues facing Indigenous peoples and newcomers in Canada
  • Understanding of CRRC’s goals and mandate
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to develop communications strategies and effectively communicate CRRC’s position through multiple channels including but not limited to media releases and press conferences, online/social media, one-on-one interaction, and presentations
  • Able to work well independently, including setting work plans
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Professional skills, demeanor and work ethic
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, work under pressure and follow projects through completion
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Proficient use of office and computer equipment, including Microsoft Office Suite and electronic mail
  • Interest in developing new competencies as needed

Application Requirements:

Application closing date: July 18, 2014 by midnight.

In your cover letter, please identify yourself and speak to the ways in which your social location is an asset for this position. Please send an email with an attached electronic cover letter and resume with “Co-ordinator, CRRC” in the subject heading to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please do not send paper documents. No phone calls please.

CRRC welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites all people to apply including those who identify as Indigenous, of colour, members of marginalized ethnic, cultural and/or faith communities, (im)migrants/ newcomers, women, LGBTQQI2SAP+, single parents, working class and (dis)abled people to apply.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 23:42

National Aboriginal History Month Community Events

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The month of June is National Aboriginal History Month (NAHM)! It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the histories and contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. Since its inception in 2008, cities across Canada have been holding annual festivities to acknowledge and honour the Indigenous peoples whose territories we are on.
Celebrate NAHM by joining us at the following community events!

Indigenous Allyship Workshop
Saturday June 14
Peterborough Public Library Auditorium

KWIC's Facilitators Collective is hosting a FREE youth workshop on Indigenous allyship, facilitated by the Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough and Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle. The focus will be on what allyship is, and how it can be practiced within an anti-oppression framework.
Spots are limited! E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register

Learning Canada’s Colonial History: Community Talk/ Mkagengwe Book Launch/ Fund Raiser with Dr. Lynn Gehl
Thursday, June 19
1097 Water Street
(Niijkiwendidaa office, just before Marina Blvd.)
Dr. Gehl is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe residing in the Nogojiwanong/Peterborough community and has been active in advocating for Indigenous women’s rights particularly in the area of gender-based discrimination in the Indian Act, as well as Indigenous solidarity building particularly within feminist movements. Her latest publication, Mkadengwe, will be available for purchase at the fine price of $15 (reduced from $17.95)!
Join the facebook event page at
Supported and sponsored by: CRRC, Canadian Studies Undergraduate Department - Trent University (CAST), Centre for Gender & Social Justice (CGSJ), YWCA Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton, Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC)

Also, Niijkiwendidaa Anishinaabekwewag Services Circle is celebrating their 20th Anniversary on June 20 and 21. Lots of activities are being planned, including a concert showcasing Indigenous women at Market Hall, and family-fun activities and BBQ. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 23:36

Join the CRRC Board of Directors!

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Welcoming community members who are passionate about anti-racism, interested in working to promote equitable race relations locally, and who are available to participate at the level of governance to the CRRC Board of Directors.

About CRRC

The Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC) is a non-profit community based organization, committed to encouraging positive and equitable race relations in Peterborough through the frameworks of anti-racism and decolonization. CRRC’s strategies are aimed at identifying and eliminating all forms of systemic discrimination, and recognizing the ways in which all forms of oppression intersect with racism. CRRC is available to assist persons or groups on matters relating to racism. CRRC provides advocacy supports, consultation services, and public education initiatives for the purposes of promoting greater understanding of race related issues.

Our Goals are:

·         To promote and implement strategies to encourage positive race relations within the community.

·         To encourage positive race relations through strong partnerships with other agencies, groups and community members.

·         To promote, through educational activities and projects, increased community understanding of racial intolerance and racial disadvantage arising from the institutional and systemic nature of racism.

·         To investigate incidents of racism that are reported to the office, and to take an active role in addressing the issue by providing anti-racist advocacy supports.

·         To establish and maintain a collection of resource material on race relations for public use.

·         To promote and develop a network of community organizations and services interested in the goals and objectives of the CRRC.

·         To provide training to employers and personnel of public and private institutions on anti-racism and race relations.

Board Recruitment

We are looking for new members to join the Board of Directors at CRRC. Potential candidates should have an interest in the area of race relations, and ideally have experience in one of the following areas:



-Public Relations and Public Education

-Fund/Resource Development

-Human Resources


-Working with/in racialized communities

Board Member Expectations:

-Become a member of CRRC

-Act as a representative of the organization

-Attend monthly board meetings as a voting member

-Participate on Board committees

-Participate in strategic, fundraising and board planning

-Assist with community events

-Attend Annual General Meeting

-Commitment to the growth of CRRC

Join us!

CRRC welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites all people to the Board including those who are Indigenous, of colour, members of ethnic, cultural and/or faith communities, (im)migrants/ newcomers, women, LGBTQQI2SAP identified folks, single parents, working class and (dis)abled people to apply.


If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact us using the information provided below. We can arrange an in-person or telephone discussion with anyone requesting more details.


Charmaine Magumbe

Chair, Board of Directors

Community and Race Relations Committee

Sadleir House, 751 George St N, Room 204

Peterborough, Ontario, K9H3T2

Phone: 705.304.4318

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:19

Asian Heritage Month Events

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The month of May is Asian & South Asian Heritage Month. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the vibrant histories of Asian Canadians as well as the ongoing contributions that Asian peoples are making in Canada. Celebrate Asian Heritage Month by joining us at these three local events:

Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity: Community Talk with Dr. Momin Rahman
Friday, May 16 at 6pm
Hobbs Library, Sadleir House
(751 George St N)
Presented by CRRC in partnership with Rainbow Services Organization (RSO)
Facebook event page:
Bio: Momin Rahman is Associate Professor in Sociology at Trent University, Canada. His publications include Gender and Sexuality: Sociological Approaches (with Stevi Jackson) and Sexuality and Democracy. Momin’s research and teaching focuses on the areas of
gender, social theory, celebrity culture, intersectionality theory, critical race scholarship
and the relationship between Muslim cultures and gender/sexuality politics.

How Did I Get Here? Sino-Vietnamese Reflections on Becoming an Anti-Racist Settler of Colour Ally: Decolonizing Sharing Circle with Malissa Phung
Thursday, May 22 at 6pm
Confederation Park (500 George St N)
Presented by CRRC
Description: "Where are you really from?"
Using this common question as a starting point,  Malissa will share her family's migration story and how she came to her anti-racist and settler ally politics. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their and/or their family's migration story and how it can operate pedagogically and politically in how we think about being anti-racist community members and settler/settler of colour allies.
Malissa Phung is completing a doctorate in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster
University in Hamilton, Ontario. For the past three years she has been studying post-
colonial cultures and Asian Canadian literature while living about 30 kilometres from the
Six Nations of the Grand River. Living in close proximity to the ongoing Caledonia land
claim dispute and being part of an academic community committed to teaching and
writing about anti-racism and anti-colonialism have greatly influenced the scope of her
dissertation project and her activist politics. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the
ways in which representations of settler work ethic in Chinese Canadian literature and
documentaries can potentially reproduce existing colonial discourses used to justify
settler belonging on Indigenous lands and to maintain colonial stereotypes about
Indigenous peoples that imply they are undeserving of contested lands and resources
that have been misappropriated from them and their ancestors.

Twelve: Film Screening and Discussion with local filmmaker Lester Alfonso
Tuesday, May 27 at 6pm
Hobbs Library, Sadleir House (751 George St N)
Presented by CRRC in partnership with New Canadians Centre (NCC) and the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration (PPCII)

Synopsis: If you could go back and speak to your 12-year-old self, what would you say? Through this documentary short, Philippine-born filmmaker Lester Alfonso attempts to answer this question by interviewing twelve diverse subjects, each of whom moved to Canada at age 12, like himself. Produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 21:30

Anti-Racism Forum and Concert

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In honour of the March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) the Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough presents a day-long, free, community Anti-Racism Forum as well as an IDERD concert with Chet Singh, who will be promoting his latest album Occupation Nation, with friends from the Peterborough Poetry Collective! Please see the Anti-Racism Forum Agenda and Concert details below.

We are also pleased to announce that Mayor Bennett with the City of Peterborough will be proclaiming the March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Anti-Racism Forum
2-8pm at the Peterborough Public Library


2pm – welcome and opening

2:30–4:30pm - Anti-Racism 101 with CRRC
In this interactive workshop we will discuss power and privilege, intersectionality, racism in historical and contemporary contexts in Canada, and anti-racist practices.

4:30-5pm – Break

6pm – The Diversity Rainbow: Where do rural White Canadians Fit into the Picture?
Debbie Harrison will engage participants in exploring their own personal histories for stories of belonging and not belonging. Participants will be able to apply this learning in both their personal and professional lives.

6-6:30 break

6:30-8pm – Narrative journeys towards Decolonization
A facilitated discussion and storytelling circle with Alicia DelMastro and CRRC.

Snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Please feel free to attend the day in full or in part!

Followed by......

IDERD concert with Chet Singh and friends!
March 21st at The Trend (Trail College)
Doors at 9pm

$5 dollar cover with proceeds going to CRRC
Chet will be promoting his latest album, Occupation Nation.

bio: A founding member of the Dub Poets Collective, and former board member of the Ontario Arts Council, he is recognized as of one of the pioneers of dub poetry and spoken work in Canada. As a human rights activist he also worked with postsecondary educational institutions to change the system from within; Singh was fired or forced to leave all of his human rights positions (except York University). Now a college professor, he recently received several teaching awards for his work on transforming the curriculum including Centennial College’s Board of Governor’s teaching excellence award, the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership and learning in post-secondary education and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges silver award for teaching excellence.

Singh uses the metaphorical force of music and poetry as a continuum of his activism. He not only seeks to expose injustice, but also explores the ways that we are all implicated in these processes. Jamaican born Singh embraces the creolization processes of the Caribbean and Canada’s diverse cultural landscapes and continues to incorporate various influences such as funk and jazz within the foundational back drop of dub.

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