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2021 Federal Election

Creating a Just Canada 2021 Election Bulletin When the last federal election was called in 2019, no one could have imagined the events that would define the next two years: A global pandemic; over four million dead from COVID-19 (including 26,575 Canadians) exposing and exacerbating the pre-existing crises of poverty, homelessness, and inequity, as well…

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Creating a Better, More Just Canada

Creating a Better, More Just Canada Dignity. Everyone living in Canada should have confidence that their human rights are respected and that they can live their life with dignity. Children must have the freedom to enjoy all the opportunities of a safe, healthy childhood with access to culturally appropriate education, health care, and homes. No…

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We Can’t Settle for a Return to “Normal”

We Can’t Settle for a Return to “Normal” Before the pandemic even started, 1 in 8 households in Canada were struggling to put food on the table. 5.9 million people were estimated to be living in poverty. While data for the most recent years is limited, we know that poverty and precarity have been exacerbated…

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Job Opportunity: Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator Full-time position located in Ottawa Application deadline: September 15, 2021 Start date: October 2021 CPJ is accepting applications for a Communications Coordinator to shape CPJ’s public policy messaging and build CPJ’s public profile and brand. Overview:  Within the context of CPJ’s core guideline documents, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for providing multiple levels of…

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Job Opportunity: Refugee Rights Policy Analyst

Refugee Rights Policy Analyst Full-time position located in Ottawa Application deadline: September 15, 2021 Start date: October 2021 CPJ is accepting applications for a Refugee Rights Policy Analyst to provide high-quality policy analysis and public justice framing of a range of policy issues related to refugee rights and forced migration. Lived experience as a refugee or…

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Continuing the Fight to Uphold Refugee Rights

Like many others, I was shocked, saddened, and at a loss for words when I heard of Stephen’s tragic and sudden passing. Alongside my former colleagues at Citizens for Public Justice, I continue to grieve this loss of life amongst the ongoing inequities and injustices of the COVID-19 pandemic. While working together at CPJ, Stephen…

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How Can We Create A Canada Worth Celebrating?

Tomorrow is Canada Day.  For many across the country, feelings of grief and lament are eclipsing those of celebration and national pride.  The remains of over one thousand bodies have been uncovered in unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in Kamloops,  Marieval, Brandon, and other locations—and the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission…

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CPJ Celebrates Passage of Bill C-15

This is a moment to pause and to celebrate. It is time to lift up Indigenous Peoples in Canada who have worked for decades to have their rights recognized and honoured by the Government of Canada. But we can only pause briefly. Getting Bill C-15 (An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights…

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Grief Must Prompt Action for Residential School Victims

CPJ staff join in mourning for the 215 children found in a mass grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. We grieve for their families, their communities, their nations. We grieve for the deliberate dehumanization, indoctrination, and genocide justified by Church teachings such as the Doctrine of Discovery. We grieve for the ongoing violence…

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Growing Black Political Participation in Canada

Although we have witnessed political gains in Canada, there is still an under-representation of Black people elected to office and at senior decision-making tables in government. Greater political participation among Black Canadians can occur once the community is empowered with the information, tools, and resources that are accessible and tailored specifically to the Black community.

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