Backgrounder - New appointments to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Kenny Blacksmith
Gloucester, Ontario

Kenny Blacksmith currently works as an Aboriginal management consultant providing services in Aboriginal rights, education, language and culture, as well as in management, marketing, communications, negotiations and Christian leadership training. He is the author of the Covenant of the First Peoples of Canada, which is a historic people-to-people Treaty between First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. As an ordained Minister, Mr. Blacksmith is keenly aware of social community issues, personal, family and inner healing needs. He was raised in the Cree Community of Mistissini Lake, Quebec and is a former Deputy Grand Chief of the Cree Nation of Quebec.

Hakim Feerasta
Toronto, Ontario

Hakim Feerasta is a senior Canadian executive with over 25 years of international experience, specifically with the Aga Khan Development Network and the Aga Khan Foundation.  He started his work with the Aga Khan Foundation in 1978 as the founding Chief Executive Officer in Pakistan.  Later, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan as well as a Resident Representative with the Aga Khan Development Network in Tajikistan. He has a track record of establishing and managing sustainable livelihood programs and addressing broader socio-economic development issues in challenging environments.

About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation undertakes research, collects data, and develops a national information base to further an 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 for the development of 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, please visit www.crr.ca

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