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December 2023 Newsletter


DECEMBER E-NEWS


  • Peace Patron Award and Celebration

  • Understanding Hate in Ontario

  • Addressing Online Hate

  • Global Centre for Pluralism Award

  • Harmony Movement Anti-Racism and Mental

  • Health conference

  • Demand for dialogue

  • Hot Docs Citizen Minutes



Peace Patron Award and Celebration


As we reflect on the last couple of months of the year, our

annual Peace Patron Award and Celebration on November 1st

is something that stands out. This event was critical to raising

funds for Mosaic’s highest priority needs. This year we honoured

Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder, the BlackNorth Initiative, Kingsdale Advisors, and WeShall Investments Inc., as 2023’s Peace Patron for his work in addressing anti-Black racism.

Together we raised over $160,000, with Champion Sponsor BMO leading the way. You can see photos from this event here.

Spoken award-winning poet, arts educator, national poetry slam

champion Desiree Mackenzie engaged attendees with her performance, Coping in Colour.

Experience a version of Coping in Colour here.

Thank you to everyone who supported Peace Patron 2023!



Understanding Hate in Ontario


We announced 'Understanding Hate in Ontario', an upcoming thought leadership project made possible by the Government of Ontario at this year's

Peace Patron Award.



“Understanding Hate in Ontario” is a snapshot of Ontarians' understanding, definitions, experiences and impacts of hate; methods for dealing with hate; and beliefs about how it should be addressed. No one else has conducted this level of research with disaggregated data. The Key Findings report and action-oriented recommendations will be released in the coming weeks.


Addressing Online Hate


To address the prevalence and harms of online hate, we are finalizing Addressing Online Hate.



This program is a three part micro-credential and certificate program that was piloted at this year’s Youth Summit, and will be available in early 2024.




Global Centre for Pluralism




We attended the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Award ceremony in Ottawa.


The evening honoured 10 from among 200 submissions across 60 countries, celebrating the brave people building more inclusive societies where diversity is valued and protected. Read more about the fearless honourees here. One important takeaway: there is no blueprint for pluralism, but is made up of actions, strategies, and movements driven by communities. This is the work of the Mosaic Institute.


Conference on Racism and Mental Health


We are proud partners of the Harmony Movement's Educator Anti-Racism conference.


We also co-facilitated two networking sessions at their recent virtual conference featuring teachers from across the country. Keynote speaker Dr. Martin Brokenleg reframed independence as having the self-discipline to do what’s right – an important concept that is critical to our Brave Spaces policy and soon-to-be-released trainings on Addressing Online Hate.


Demand for Dialogue


There is a critical need for action as we see a rise in hate online and in-person. Consider donating today. Since the horrific escalation and ongoing events in the Middle East, Mosaic has seen a large increase in demand for dialogue initiatives to address issues of antisemitism and Islamophobia, anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian hate. As we continue to respond directly to these needs, you can see for yourself the impact of Mosaic’s work here

through the story of Samir Mourani, former Mosaic program participant and intern.




Hot Docs Citizen Minutes


Mosaic has been a proud National Impact Partner of the Hot Docs Citizen Minutes screening tour. This tour has spanned five cities, featuring films highlighting ordinary Canadians doing extraordinary things to improve their communities. The last stop is in Halifax on December 13 at 6:30pm. The shorts will also be available on Hot Docs at Home, CBC Gem and Crave for those who can’t attend in person.

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