Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2008 16:52 ET

Appointments to Canadian Race Relations Foundation Board of Directors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced the appointments of Marge Nainaar and Veronica N. Dewar as members of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

"We are fortunate these two experienced individuals have agreed to serve on the Foundation's Board. Their knowledge and experience in addressing race relations issues will be of great benefit to the work of the Foundation," said Minister Verner.

In 1984, Marge Nainaar created the Prince Albert Settlement Agency for Immigrants and Refugees, in which she is still active as general manager and program coordinator for the council. She has been president of the Western Canada Association of Immigrant Serving Agency, the Canadian Multicultural Federation, and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan. In addition, from 1992 to 1993, she served on the advisory committee responsible for reviewing the 1974 Multiculturalism Act and making recommendations to the minister responsible. Ms. Nainaar is the recipient of numerous awards for her dedicated work, including the Prince Albert Citizen of the Year and the Queen's Jubilee Medal.

Veronica Dewar has committed her life to addressing the critical issues facing Inuit women and their communities by providing leadership in Inuit organizations and on a variety of boards at the community, provincial, national and international levels. Her involvement includes serving as president of Linking Hearts Women's Ministry and Pauktuutit Inuit Women's Association of Canada, as well as representing Canada's Inuit women at the 12th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in Greenland in 2003.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation undertakes research, collects data, and maintains a national information database to further understanding of the nature of racism and racial discrimination. It provides a knowledge base from which governments, academia, business, labour, and community organizations can draw to develop effective race relations policies and practices. The Foundation also disseminates information to increase public awareness of the importance of eliminating racism. For more information on the Foundation and its Board of Directors, visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary