Multiculturalism, Interculturalism and Shared Strategies for Addressing Diversity in Quebec and the Rest of Canada

March 28, 2012

Multiculturalism, Interculturalism and Shared Strategies for Addressing Diversity in Quebec and the Rest of Canada

The Association for Canadian Studies and partners will hold a forum entitled: Multiculturalism, Interculturalism and Shared Strategies for Addressing Diversity in Quebec and the Rest of Canada March 28, 2012 at the MERIDIEN-VERSAILLES hotel in Montreal, Quebec.  The forum will identify and compare good policies, programs and practices for addressing ethnocultural and ethnoracial diversity within Quebec and between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

 

Over the years there has been considerable discussion about different models that influence the manner in which diversity is addressed within the education, health, cultural and labour sectors. The terms multiculturalism and interculturalism continue to dominate much of the discussion around the models deployed to respond to the changing demographics of our institutions. Yet, it remains unclear how and whether these models have any meaningful impact on the manner in which the services are delivered? Are Quebec institutions in the previously mentioned sectors adopting different strategies and approaches to addressing diversity based on the diverse contexts within which they operate? What factors contribute to either the differences or similarities in approach? What knowledge and practice might be shared across the sectors to more effectively address the concerns of diverse clientele as they arise on the front line? 

 

Community leaders and professionals, researchers, civil servants, academics and others will be invited to participate in workshops aimed at addressing the issues.

Forum sessions to include:

  • Roundtable: Differences Between the theory and Practice in Multicultural and Intercultural Paradigms
  • Comparing Policies and Programs for reasonably delivering Services to Minority Ethnocultural and Ethnoracial Clientele: The Role of NGO?s
  • Covering Diversity: How the Media Reflects Changing Realities
  • Best Practices in the area of Promoting Cross-Cultural Exchanges and Understanding

 

Speakers include:

  • Professor Daniel Weinstock, Canada Research Chair in Ethnicity and Political Philosophy and member of the Centre de recherché en éthnique de l?Université de Montréal
  • Celine Cooper, OISE ? University of Toronto
  • Professor Huhua Cao, University of Ottawa
  • Professeure Marie McAndrew, Département d?administration et fondements de l?éducation, Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l?Éducation et les rapports ethniques, Directrice du CEETUM, l?Université de Montréal
  • Laura Julie Perrault, La Presse
  • Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving immigrants (OCASI)
  • Professor Daniel Salée, Concordia University
  • Mireille Apollon, conseillère muncipale , Ville de Gatineau
  • Mary Deros, conseillère muncipale, Ville de Montreal
  • Jack Jedwab, executive Director, Association for Canadian Studies
  • Marian Scott, The Montreal Gazette 
  • Marina Jimenez, the Globe and Mail 
  • Anne Lagace Dowson, Executive Director, The Tolerance Foundation 
  • Gerald Filson, Director, External Affairs, The Baha?i Community of Canada
  • Paul Nguyen, Director of Media Relations, Jane-Finch Community 
  • Anthony Amansour, Executive Director, Canadian Center for Ecumenism

 

To register and for additional information visit www.acs-aec.ca or e-mail: James.ondrick@acs-aec.ca at the Association for Canadian Studies at Tel: (514) 925-3097.


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