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The Canadian Ethnocultural Council

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council (CEC) is a coalition of more than 30 national ethnocultural organizations that, in turn, represent more than 2,000 local chapters across Canada. The CEC mandate is to work towards eliminating hate and racism and promoting the understanding of the multicultural reality of Canada as defined in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and The Canadian Multiculturalism Act. The motto of the CEC - From Diversity Strength - is on the Coat of Arms that was granted to the CEC by the Governor General of Canada in 1994.

The aims and objectives of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council are:

  1. To provide a forum for communication among different ethnocultural communities of Canada;
  2. To promote the development of equality and justice in the context of a multicultural Canada;
  3. To disseminate information on ethnocultural communities and their concerns to the Canadian public, government, other agencies, elected officials, and media;
  4. To make representations on behalf of the CEC, and at the request of members of ethnocultural groups, to various levels of government and non-governmental bodies;
  5. To secure for ethnocultural communities in Canada equality of opportunity, rights, and dignity by requesting that various levels of government and non-government agencies:
    1. increase representation of ethnocultural groups on public bodies, agencies, commissions, boards, and advisory committees;
    2. develop media programs involving ethnocultural communities;
    3. improve the quality of the educational system and the preservation of heritage, language, and culture;
    4. protect human rights in Canada;

Canadian Ethnocultural Council
400-176 Gloucester Street
Ottawa ON K2P 0A6
Tel: (613) 230-3867