Measurement(s) and Meaning(s) of Ethnicity and Ethnic Identification in 2021
On November 30 and December 1, 2017, the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration held a workshop entitled Measuring identity, diversity and inclusion in Canada @ 150 and beyond. Conversations around ethnicity raised several questions amongst participants about how to understand census results on ethnic origin. Further change in the way we measure diversity seems inevitable, but the nature of the change has yet to be determined. What conceptual or methodological challenges will affect the choices made when it comes to measuring identities? What will modifications to questions imply for comparisons with results from previous censuses? What will changes in measurement imply for identifying and addressing inequality in our society? What do changes in the way we measure identities mean for policy-making and public discourse on diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, integration, interculturalism and social cohesion?
On March 2, 2018, working together in partnership with Statistics Canada, we’ll return to the Double Tree Hilton in Alymer to continue the conversation on the measurement & meaning of ethnicity & ethnic identification in 2021.