Multiculturalism and Inclusion – Policy, Politics and Reality

Your Voice Webinar series

As part of the Your Voice voter education campaign, the Canadian-Arab Institute, in partnership with the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations, continue their webinar series with a special webinar on Multiculturalism and Inclusion.

Raja Khouri and Jehad Aliweiwi will discuss how multiculturalism has impacted our lives, the degree of inclusion in Canadian society and about the politics and controversies surrounding the niqab and religious accommodation.

Please register here

Our Presenters

Jehad AliweiwiJehad Aliweiwi

Jehad Aliweiwi is a strategic leader with more than 15 years of experience in senior management positions in social, settlement and community service organizations.

He is the Executive Director of the Laidlaw Foundation. He has served as Executive Director with Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Metro Regional Director of Catholic Cross-Cultural Services and as Race Relations Officer and Executive Director with the Canadian Arab Federation.  A Trustee of the Ontario Science Centre, a former Board member of Fred Victor Services and OCASI, Jehad has received the Local Hero and William P. Hubbard Race Relations Awards.


Raja Khouri - fuzeRaja Khouri

Raja G. Khouri is co-founder of the Canadian Arab Institute. He is a commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, committee member of Human Rights Watch Canada, and co-founder of the Canadian Arab/Jewish Leadership Dialogue Group. Raja formerly served on several government and civil society bodies, such as Ontario’s Hate Crimes Community Working Group, the Minister of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy Roundtable, Pride Toronto Community Advisory Panel, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, and as advocacy co-chair of Human Rights Watch Canada.

He also served as president of the Canadian Arab Federation in the period following the events of 9/11, authoring the book Arabs in Canada: Post 9/11. For many years Raja was an international consultant in organizational development and capacity building focusing on civil society and human rights work.


Rula OdehRula Odeh 

Rula Odeh, the Executive Director of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR), has served on the NCCAR board for the past five years including as President in 2009-2010. She has played a leadership role is in several organizations advocating for Canadian policies in the Middle East based on human rights, equality and freedom.

Her interest in Canadian media’s representation of Canada’s foreign policy in the Middle East has resulted in a CBC Ombudsman review of a biased news report, several published opinion pieces in Canadian media and numerous appearances on TV and radio. Rula has participated in regular interactions with parliamentarians and diverse community organizations.


Join the Webinar

This event will be hosted on a Fuze Webinar. For the optimal Fuze experience, we suggest you download Fuze before the event.

Taking part in the webinar happens in three easy steps:
  1.  After registering, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.
  2. Note the time of the event and hang on to the Fuze confirmation email or reminder email for your personalized Fuze link.
  3. Be at your computer at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time and open the confirmation email. Click on “Webinar Link” or “Join Webinar”. If you have not already downloaded Fuze in advance, the link will direct you to the Fuze platform, then click on “Install and join”. Run the downloaded software and finally click on “join meeting”. You can select your audio and video preferences.

For more information on the hardware and OS requirements for Fuze, click here.

The event is organized by:

CAIThe Canadian-Arab Institute


NCCARThe National Council on Canada-Arab Relations