History

The CRRC formed in response to racist attacks on international students at Trent and Fleming College with the objective of raising awareness, educating and documenting issues of racism in the Peterborough community.

How we came to be . . .

1981
Nigerian students studying at Trent University and Sir Sandford Fleming College report ongoing harassment, racial slurs, and discrimination in Peterborough. During one of these incidents, an African student was physically attacked while bystanders stood silent. This attracted the attention of both local and national media, and led to the creation of the "Citizen's Committee on International Racial Relations" by Mayor Robert Barker. The Committee's mandate was to investigate the nature of the problem of racial discrimination in Peterborough. The committee provided a report and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

1983
In May, following City Council's endorseent of the report and its subsequent approval of a Policy Statement on Community and Race Relations, Mayor Barker appointed a permanent committee, and thus, the Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC) was formed. It served as a forum for recording incidents of racial abuse or discrimination, and for receiving the information concerning interracial relations in the Peterborough area.

1985
CRRC separates from City Council and becomes an independent voluntary organisation with financial support from the municipality and the Federal Secretary of State.

1988
CRRC is incorporated.

1991
CRRC moves from City Hall to the basement of 180 Barnardo Avenue.

1992
CRRC focuses heavily on education efforts in the public sector to increase awareness of issues of both individual and systemic racial inequality and discrimination. An anti-racist approach is adopted.

1992 - 1995
CRRC receives core funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship. During this time, the CRRC publishes a newsletter, provides workshops for both public and private sector organisations, is a community leader in promoting and providing information on employment equity, hosts youth initiative for March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, acts as a partner and leader for the Multifaith Conference. In 1995, the CRRC moves to a new location upstairs at 180 Barnardo.

1996 - 2001
Funding resources have been dramatically reduced and the City of Peterborough reigns as the CRRC's sole funder. While services have been reduced, we continue to provide resources and lunchtime discussions for the community out of our current location (205 Sherbrooke Street, Unit D), and look towards creating partnerships that will enable us to continue our work in race relations.

2001 - 2004
CRRC receives funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, enabling resources to be diverted to the hiring of a full-time Agency Coordinator and increased community programming.

2005 - Present
CRRC has emerged from a transition period, which has seen the Agency review the strong foundation of its past achievements in order to develop programs and educational material that are current with recent immigration trends and the present state of race relations. We look forward to delivering these programs in conjunction with our community partners.