This two-day event is part of a series of consultations and workshops being held across Canada. In Conversation will bring together a broad group of people who are passionate about multiculturalism, social harmony and prosperity in Greater Vancouver, a region recognized for its deep ethnocultural diversity.
The event launches with the Building Bridges for Canada Award Dinner on Sunday, March 2, and is followed by the full-day conference, Multiculturalism in Greater Vancouver, on Monday, March 3. This event is open to everyone, but space is limited.
The CRRF Award for Lifetime Achievement was established in 2003 to acknowledge and honour individuals who promote the principles espoused in the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act and who have made outstanding contributions towards positive race relations in Canada. The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Arthur K. Miki, CM, OM, who led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War, and the community at large. He was formerly the Vice Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and now serves as the National Association of Japanese Canadians' representative to the CRRF Board of Directors.
The Award Dinner will also celebrate the outstanding achievements of four community leaders and organizations, including Interfaith for World Peace Society, Dr. Aziz Khaki, Dr. Alan Lau, Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk. Award Programme >
The conference, Multiculturalism in Greater Vancouver, consists of panel discussions, workshops and participant engagement, and will examine the successes and challenges of multiculturalism in Greater Vancouver. In Canada, multiculturalism was originally conceived as a social and political policy of integration aimed at encouraging participation of newcomers and minorities in the life of the nation, encouraging their adoption of Canadian civic values and increasing their sense of belonging. Is such a policy of integration and accommodation compatible today in an increasingly diverse Canada? Can there be a balance between individual rights and broad public values? What are the implications for Canadian multiculturalism, citizenship and way of life?
We are pleased to host this event in conjunction with the Interfaith and Belonging project of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. It is our hope that delegates will find the presentations informative and thought-provoking, and will take the conversation further, engaging friends, family, colleagues and community in further discussion around some of the questions raised.
The event is open to everyone, but space is limited. The conference is free of charge. Register now >