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Canadian and French Perspectives on Diversity

Author Ministry of Canadian Heritage
Title Canadian and French Perspectives on Diversity
Year October 16, 2003
ISBN ISSN 0-662-38231-5
Subtitle Conference Proceedings
Publisher Ministry of Canadian Heritage
Publisher URL URL
Place of Publication Ottawa and Gatineau
Publication Type Report
Location CRRF and Online
Pages 156
Subject Cultural Diversity
CRRF Identifier Mu-Ge-BR-4608
Last modified 2016-05-19
English Abstract

The papers presented in this collection reflect or are derived from presentations made at the “Diversity” conference, organized by Canadian Heritage and held on October 16, 2003 in Gatineau, Quebec. This conference was of special significance, taking place as Canada and France prepare to celebrate 400 years of French settlement in North America. Yet, “le fait français” is more than just a chapter in Canada’s history; it is an important part of how we define ourselves as a country. Through many centuries, our Aboriginal peoples, French and British settlers, and successive generations of immigrants have built a dynamic society upon a foundation of linguistic duality and rich diversity. Today, with the world within our borders, Canada regards its diversity as an enormous social and economic asset. Still, we need to make deliberate efforts to realize this potential.