Human Rights and Social Justice

At CIJA, we believe in the foundational democratic freedoms and values of Canadian society.

We are committed to working with government and all like-minded groups to ensure that Canada remains a country where all citizens – irrespective of gender, race or creed – enjoy equal protections and opportunities.

Throughout its history, Canada’s Jewish community has been a proud advocate for social justice and human rights, rooted in Jewish tradition, ethics, and values.

The role of Jewish Canadians in the birth of Canada’s labour movement and the community’s ongoing efforts to advance social progress embody a commitment to real and positive change.

Together, we can improve the lives of all who call Canada home.

Anti-Discrimination

Support Black Communities

Support Black Communities

We have been listening to members of the Black community in Canada, learning about the hatred and racism that exists against their community. Listening is important. But it must be paired with action.

Antisemitism

Combating Online Hate

Not On My Feed

Not On My Feed

The House of Commons Justice Committee recently announced it is launching a study on this issue.

Let’s make 2021 the year we eliminate online hate in Canada

Let’s make 2021 the year we eliminate online hate in Canada

2020 was challenging. In addition to the horror of disease, the pandemic brought other troubling developments, including a sharp rise in hatred disseminated online. Canadians are clearly immune neither to the pandemic nor to the growing hate it appears to be exacerbating.

Disabilities & Inclusion

Indigenous

CIJA supports Bill C-15

CIJA supports Bill C-15

CIJA wrote a letter to Minister Lametti, in support of Bill C-15, an Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that was tabled today in the House of Commons.

Implement UNDRIP

Implement UNDRIP

An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was given Royal Assent in June 2021. Entrenching UNDRIP in Canadian law demonstrates our collective commitment to upholding the promises made to Indigenous peoples.

LGBTQ2+

Pride 2020 Reimagined

Pride 2020 Reimagined

Although this year might be different, our unwavering commitment remains the same. We are showing up to amplify and celebrate queer and trans Jewish voices, experiences, and identities.

All Blood is Equal

All Blood is Equal

The time has come for action. An open-letter to federal decision makers on Canada’s discriminatory blood donation ban.

CIJA’s Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Blood Ban Policy

CIJA’s Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Blood Ban Policy

CIJA wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to urge the Government of Canada and Canadian Blood Services to take immediate steps to end Canada’s discriminatory blood ban policy and adopt screening standards consistent with both science and the growing international consensus.

Social Policy

Strengthening Palliative Care in Canada

Strengthening Palliative Care in Canada

Everyone deserves compassion and comfort as they approach end-of-life. Sadly, roughly three in four Canadians in this vulnerable stage of life have no access to palliative care. This has the potential to impact every family in Canada.

Support for Refugees

Support refugees fleeing persecution and genocide

Support refugees fleeing persecution and genocide

As a community with a history of fleeing persecution, Jewish Canadians have played a significant role in supporting refugees. Through synagogues and agencies such as JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto, Jewish Canadians have sponsored many Yazidi, Syrian and other regional refugees through private sponsorships.

A letter to The Minister of Foreign Affairs

A letter to The Minister of Foreign Affairs

We are writing to express our grave concern regarding the systematic persecution of LGBTQ+ people in Tanzania, which is a significant recipient of Canadian aid. We encourage the Government of Canada to continue applying – and increasing – diplomatic pressure against the Government of Tanzania to end this heinous campaign.

Genocide Awareness & Prevention

It Starts With Words

It Starts With Words

Genocide is not simply a topic of the past. There are countless people around the world today who are persecuted and murdered because of who they are: Yezidis in Iraq, LGBTQ2+ people in Chechnya and Iran, and Rohingya in Myanmar. We call on the Government of Canada to ensure that Canada’s refugee system is flexible, responsive, and effective in delivering emergency assistance to such groups. This is a matter of life and death.