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 January submission in the new Directions format comes from professor Kon K. Madut at the University of Ottawa.
This article explores the historical, theoretical, and ideological background surrounding biased immigration patterns of immigrants to Canada. It discusses past eras of racial classification and categorization to uncover the practices used to exclude certain groups from white Canadian populations. These discriminatory policies continue to disadvantage these racialized immigrant populations to this very day.Finally, thestudy recommends that Canada needs a better understanding from the migrants’ perspectives on what theyperceive as barriers, problems, or opportunities in order to develop an inclusive plans for migrant integration and equitable access to economic opportunity with a prospect of effective resettlement in Canada.
Dr Madut is a Regular Part-time Professor with the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences and a Full-time Reviewer with the municipal government in Ottawa, Canada. Dr Madut’s research work and interest centred on immigration, employment, ethnicity, nationalism and socio-cultural issues, and the interplay between them as they affect the course and pace of social relations and human well-being. These include global and local issues of cultural and ethnic diversity, construction of groups or individuals identity, communities and its influences on health and human well-being. He is a member of Canadian Sociological Association CSA, American Sociological Association ASA and an Associate of the Taos Institute, USA.
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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 In the past, Directions was produced in a traditional journal format; previously unpublished articles, selected based on a central theme, were passed through an editorial board, peer review, and translation.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.