The Canadian Federation for Citizenship (CFC) is a non-partisan, non-sectarian and non profit organization which aims to engage citizens of Canada to develop homegrown leadership through active citizenship.
Founded by Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla and Ghalib Abdulla, CFC works to ensure that all residents of Canada are embraced, included and respected as all Canadians to participate in Canada’s progress.
CFC’s vision is to aspire to be a prominent voice on active and inclusive citizenship as one of Canada’s civil society leaders and is steered by the principles that: (1) Citizenship is a notable relationship that binds all Canadians; (2) Citizenship requires one to be accountable for others; and, (3) Forward looking inclusion and integration policies (social, economic, political) can strengthen the merit of (responsible) citizenship.
“Canada is not a melting pot in which the individuality of each element is destroyed in order to produce a new and totally different element. It is rather a garden into which have been transplanted the hardiest and brightest flowers from many lands, each retaining in its new environment the best of the qualities for which it was loved and prized in its native land.”
(John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada, Progressive Conservative 1957-1963)
CFC’s Mission to promote citizenship
is steered by the principles that:
Citizenship is a notable relationship that binds all Canadians, and,
that it requires one to be accountable for others.
CFC aspires to be a prominent voice on
active, responsible and inclusive citizenship.
"People coming from other lands have built a nation in which our varied identities are not thrown into a melting-pot but remain to make their own special contributions to the formation and the maturing of a Canadian identity. This is the very essence of the Canadian adventure, this diversity out of which must come unity."
Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada, Liberal May 29, 1964 Address to University of Western Ontario.