CFC’s vision is to aspire to be a prominent voice on active and inclusive citizenship as one of Canada’s civil society leaders. It 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.
In 2021 and 2022 during the 65th and 66th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW), CFC hosted parallel events organized by NGO CSW NY. The topics were:
01. Building Peaceful Societies Through Inclusive Citizenship Policy Frameworks.
02. Inclusive Labour Markets and Citizenship To Address Workplace Shortages.
In 2021 during the global pandemic, it was the first-ever virtual forum with a record breaking participation of over 27,000.
In 2022, NGO CSW New York marked its 50th Anniversary. It has been, and is, well known to facilitate a platform for the voices and leadership of organizations globally who lobby for inclusion in the deliberations of the United Nations in pursuit of gender equality.
CFC works to ensure that all residents of Canada are embraced, included and respected as all Canadians to participate in Canada’s progress. We are often included as representative of civil society to share experiences and expertise around diversity, equity and inclusion. CFC offers varied viewpoints on issues that impact successful integration in Canada. We highlight barriers that marginalized groups face in attaining citizenship.
In 2022 during the 5th Metropolis Identities Summit in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CFC hosted a workshop under the theme of Canadian Policies: Citizenship. The topic of the workshop was "Forward looking inclusion policies can strengthen the merit of responsible citizenship." CFC was bold enough to ask whether the very systems designed to offer us equal rights and privileges are the ones embedded with systemic discrimination.
At CFC we believe that collectively we can influence research priorities and inform policy that can create a true sense of belonging, spark active citizenship, and advance homegrown leadership.
CFC aims to engage citizens of Canada to develop and advance leadership through active citizenship. This is achieved by organizing and hosting a Homegrown Leadership Symposium to promote active participation, responsible citizenship and support pluralism. Symposium speakers demonstrate a commitment to advance leadership skills and provide inspiration to take concrete steps to make a difference. Attendees of the symposium include a diverse audience. Together they share stories of how engagement and involvement can lead to positive outcomes in our communities.
The Inaugural Homegrown Leadership Symposium was held in Calgary, Alberta on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre. The theme was "Building A Pipeline Of Leaders For Canadian Democratic Institutions". Formal opening remarks were delivered by Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude Landry from the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The 2020 Homegrown Leadership Symposium was recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights during the province's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. It was delivered to a virtual audience due to the global pandemic. The symposium was held on December 10, 2020 to mark Human Rights Day. The theme was "Embracing Diversity To Lay The Groundwork For Shared Citizenship". The keynote speaker was Keren Taylor-Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of Harvest Manitoba and Advisory Board Member of the Canadian Federation For Citizenship.
2021 was a momentous year for the Province of British Columbia as it marked its 150th Anniversary since joining Confederation. However, it was also a year filled with substantial challenges during a global pandemic which have also included extreme weather conditions including the floods. "It is during times of adversity that we also come across moments of shimmering hope, flashes of humanity, and instances of coordination and cooperation based on shared values and common goals" said Co-Founder Ghalib Abdulla during the Citizenship Awards Ceremony.
The evening showcased residents of British Columbia who demonstrated citizenship and were at the frontlines during the global crisis to carry out essential work to ensure our country’s progress.
Former Citizenship Judge Gerald Pash from Victoria, BC delivered the keynote address. It was followed by the Presentation of Recipients of the CFC Citizenship Awards. The event concluded with a Citizenship Oath Reaffirmation Ceremony led by Dr. Marie Delorme.
CFC aspires to create dialogue on what it means to be an active citizen and assume homegrown leadership roles in one's community. This is achieved by hosting community-led Citizenship Reaffirmation ceremonies in partnership with leaders in business, academia, government and/or civil society.
After the ceremony, round table discussions take place between Canadian-born and naturalized citizens of Canada to share experiences and collectively reflect on what it means to be Canadian, be an engaged and active citizen, create inclusive spaces for true dialogue, and build a pipeline of homegrown leaders for a stronger and more inclusive Canada. A reception follows the reaffirmation ceremony.
In 2019, a Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony followed after the Inaugural Homegrown Leadership Symposium in Calgary, Alberta. It was led by Co-Founder of the Canadian Federation For Citizenship, Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla. Fifty attendees, including business and community leaders as well as post secondary students took the Oath of Citizenship to reaffirm their commitment to Canada.
In 2021, during the global pandemic, a Virtual Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony followed after the Inaugural Citizenship Awards Event to mark British Columbia's Sesquicentennial. Ten recipients, comprising of frontline and essential workers, in the province participated virtually. The Oath of Citizenship was led by Advisory Board Director of the Canadian Federation For Citizenship, Order of Canada Recipient and Indigenous Philanthropist Dr. Marie Delorme.