MAJOR DEMOGRAPHIC STUDY ON MONTREAL’S BLACK COMMUNITY TO BE RELEASED BY MCGILL UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM

Montreal, March 11, 2010 --- The Montreal Consortium on Human Rights Advocacy Training (MCHRAT) will release the findings of a comprehensive demographic study on the Black community of Montreal on:

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 9:00 pm
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish Club Ballroom
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1X9

Led by Dr. James Torczyner of McGill’s School of Social Work, with a team of researchers from different disciplines, the study will be released at a day-long event open to the public (simultaneous translation will be available). The presentation of core findings and emerging issues will be held between 10:00 am and 11:30 am. Between 1:15 and 3:00, there will be three different presentations of research information related to faith-based institutions and immigration; the criminal justice system; employment and education.

Funded by the Multiculturalism Program of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the study examines data collected from the 2006 Census and provides a detailed statistical portrait of the Black community in terms of demographic make-up (gender, age, language, income level, residential patterns, etc.) and their employment, housing, youth, justice, immigration and educational conditions. The study is a follow-up study carried released in 1998 and discusses community evolution between 1998 and 2008.

Dr. Torczyner and other researchers will be available for media interviews during the lunch period.

Information:

Anna Goren
Project Assistant, MCHRAT
(514) 570 2752 or (514) 398-6717

Ryan Birks
Communication Officer, CRARR
(514) 939-3342 or (514) 298-5663