Multiculturalism and Inclusion – Policy, Politics and Reality

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

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.


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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.

Disclaimer: All opinions expressed by the webinar participants are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of NCCAR, its board and or affiliates or the organizations or companies with which the webinar or the participants are affiliated, and may have been previously disseminated by them. The participants’ opinions are based upon information they consider reliable, but neither NCCAR nor its affiliates, nor the organizations or companies with which such participants are affiliated, warrant its completeness or accuracy, and it should not be relied upon as such.


The event is organized by:

CAIThe Canadian-Arab Institute


NCCARThe National Council on Canada-Arab Relations