The webinar featured members of our journal's Editorial Advisory Panel, Andrew Griffith and David Matas. Andrew and David spoke about their research as it relates to The Power of Words, with a specific focus on multiculturalism in Canada. Their presentations and questions from participants are posted below.
The webinar was moderated by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.
The Winter 2015 issue, The Power of Words responds to the question, "Is our lexicon a positive force or part of the problem?"
To be published in print and online January 2016, The Power of Words speaks to the importance of reviewing and evolving social science terminology in response to changing demographics and settlement trends. The concept of hyphenated Canadians, terms such as ‘visible minorities’ and ‘newcomers’, and even the current iteration of ‘race relations’ require ongoing reassessment, and are being challenged and re-examined in the context of our changing society. How do language and lexicon in policy, in the media, and in daily interactions influence our experiences, identities, attitudes and relationships? Does discourse create and perpetuate unbalanced power relations, marginalizing certain groups and individuals? How can we use language to promote positive race relations in a harmonious Canada?
Did you miss the webinar, or would you like to listen to the discussion again? Check out the audio recording of the webinar here.
How should multiculturalism respond to Aboriginal Peoples and issues?
What does the issue of cultural genocide in the residential schools say about Canada?
How should newcomers be taught this history and its current legacies?
Are multicultural racialized peoples also treaty people? What should this imply?
How can we ensure that newcomers understand treaties and the sui generis rights of Aboriginal Peoples?
Efforts are being done through ongoing systems for change. How critical are we around the deficit thinking involved in language?
Is there a role for law enforcement institutions and personnel to contribute to increased intercultural and civic engagement in their communities? Are you aware of communities where this is making a positive difference?
Is "white privilege" a racist term?
Can you briefly talk about the Roma and the stereotypes, the names, the words that seem to have flown across the ocean with the population?
Andrew, Can you talk a bit more about the chart on slide 7, Multiculturalism Policy Evolution and why you chose the words you did for the current phase?
Regarding the importance of words, can you comment on The Honourable Jason Kenney's comment referring to 'unaccented'?
Is anyone on the panel an immigrant and had to learn the language and the complex implications of accents?