• Our programs foster a positive commitment to Canadian values by addressing conflicting attitudes openly and in partnership with agencies, organizations and individuals. Read More
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  • March 21, 2016: Coast-to-Coast Broadcast

    The 2016 Canada Lecture will be live broadcast on location from four universities. Lectures are presented sequentially from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. Each lecture is 10 minutes in length. The 40-minute session begins at 10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT and 2 PM ADT.

  • Collaboration and Innovation through Dialogue: Fostering Dialogue and Collaboration Skills Across Cultures and Academic Disciplines

    Robert A. Daum, The University Of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University: University is perhaps the most diverse place in which most of our students will ever find themselves. Students are eager to cross-pollinate the cultural, social, and academic silos within which most of us experience our campuses and cities. Research shows that when “cognitively diverse” groups can collaborate effectively, they can solve problems better than either homogeneous or merely “identity diverse” groups. Diversity is embodied in individuals in multiple ways. What we mean by diversity, therefore, ought to reflect how students understand themselves dynamically in relation to others, and

  • Overcoming Boundaries, Reinforcing Belonging: shared citizenship for all!

    Elke Winter, University of Ottawa: Today, there are more international migrants, more refugees, and more interethnic diversity than at any point in human history. And yet, borders and inequalities still exist and some differences seem to have become more pronounced than in earlier days. While governments try to manage immigration and settlement, citizenship is more than a legal status. It gives people rights, as well as a sense of belonging. Reinforcing belonging, however, is not just government business; it is une affaire de tous: we all can help and participate, and this at any level and towards various marginalized groups

  • Talking about language: structural challenges facing interlinguistic relations

    Mathieu Wade, Université du Moncton: Since New Brunswick became the first officially bilingual province in Canada, relations between the Francophone Acadian minority and the Anglophone majority have been complex. Often cited as the poster child of Canadian linguistic harmony, relations between the two main linguistic groups have been at times tumultuous and at times altogether nonexistent. While it would not be completely accurate to refer to these conflicts and instances of indifference as racism per se, they do point to relations of power and domination between groups; they explicitly question the meaning of rights and recognition given to minority groups

  • Building Community on the Diverse Campus

    Sinziana Chira, Mount St. Vincent University: In recent years, international students have become the fastest growing demographic on Nova Scotia's campuses. In university classrooms, they encounter diverse social groups, including people from African Nova Scotian and First Nations backgrounds, LGBT students, newcomers of all ages and mature students, together significantly adding to the cultural wealth of our universities and communities. Newfound diversity can however become plagued by social fractures and community divisions along lines of difference. As we strive to create welcoming, supportive and nurturing academic communities, enriched (as opposed to challenged) by diversity- how do we break barriers that

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