Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination.
We are pleased to announce that the November submission in the new Directions format comes from professor Dr. Augie Fleras at the University of Waterloo, and is an original piece of research.
“Repairing the Rift: Reconciliation as Relations-Repair” addresses the relationship between Indigenous and settler Canadians. Is the relationship broken in need of mending, or is the relationship inherently broken, beyond a quick repair, and primed for a massive remake.
Augie Fleras is an adjunct professor of sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo. He received his PhD. from Victoria University in Wellington, NZ with a focus on Maori Studies and Social Anthropology Throughout his career, Dr. Fleras has published some 30 books in addition to numerous book chapters,referred articles, and reports, with Future projects including a book on Postmulticulturalism (Peter Lang); another on Managing Diversity in Canada: Past, Present, Future(Desitter Publications); and a third book on 50 Years of Official Multiculturalism (UTP). His research and publication interests include, the Politics of Indigeneity, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnic/Indigenous Relations, Media and Minorities, Social Inequality,Citizenship.
The Directions journal serves as an important piece of the CRRF’s mission to strengthen Canadian values and build a united Canadian community. In the past, Directions was produced in a traditional journal format; previously unpublished articles, selected based on a central theme, were passed through an editorial board, peer review, and translation. The final product was a printed journal that could be either purchased or freely accessed in PDF format online. In recent months, we changed our parameters to the following:
The theme for the 2018 issue is Race Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions. We welcome submissions that focus on the ways in which communities relate, combine, ally or find themselves in opposition. What are the most effective ways in which we can work together? What are the impediments to respectful and productive relationships? While there is much focus on the value of apology and reconciliation, is there an argument be made (to use the title of David Rieff’s book) in praise of forgetting? Are we, as Canadians, too polite to engage in the hard conversations necessary to take us past interfaith and intercommunal sharing of diet, dress and dance?
We look forward to receiving your experiences, best practices and even glorious failures. We hope you will share what you have learned.