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Hot Topics

Come add your voice to the diverse audience of Canadians from across the country. Join the discussions on topical issues that directly impact Multiculturalism, Indigenous Peoples, and Canada’s presence on the World stage.

Indigenous Peoples
  Full launch April 3, 2017

Education and Social Services

Led by Pitseolak Pfeifer & Danielle Harris
Open Discussion: Explore and discuss

When the Hot Topic fully launches on April 3, we’ll be discussing: How can equity be achieved in welfare and health?

Multiculturalism
  Begins April 3, 2017

What does Multiculturalism mean today?

Led by Trent Team (Discussion Moderator)

Canadians often say that they live in a multicultural society or a cultural mosaic. The idea of multiculturalism is embedded in the Canadian constitution and in Canadian legislation. Popular opinion suggests that Canada is a welcoming and accepting multicultural nation – filling the bill for...

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Muslims in Canada
  Archived Discussion

Acceptance and Belonging

Led by Momin Rahman & Amira Elghawaby

The debate about terrorism and extremism is ultimately only about a tiny number of people. Yet underneath all of these debates are the lives and experiences of many Canadians. In the aftermath of almost fifteen years of the “war on terror” do Muslim Canadians feel they belong and are accepted in...

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First Nations
  Archived Discussion

Economic Development

Led by Danielle Harris & JF Arteau

Economic development is a fundamental concern given the serious economic inequalities faced by aboriginal Canadians and communities across the country. But there are different perspectives on what should be achieved with economic development, including the possibility of regaining access to...

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Canada: Global Citizen
  Archived Discussion

Global Engagement

Led by Rikia Saddy & Whitney Lackenbauer

When Justin Trudeau went abroad to international meetings immediately after becoming Canada’s prime minister he announced that “Canada is back”. Much of what he seemed to mean by this centred on Canada’s role on the world stage. He was referring to the idea that the Harper government had done...

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Muslims in Canada
  Archived Discussion

Security

Led by Hussein Hamdani & Nahla Abdo

For the past 14 years there has been a concern that violent extremism is a threat to the west and recently Harper stated this is Canada’s biggest security threat. This is reflected in Canada’s current discussions around homegrown terrorism and radicalization, changes to security laws, and...

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First Nations
  Archived Discussion

Law

Led by Jim Miller & JF Arteau

There was a legal relationship, an interaction between European and First Nations legal systems, that existed at the foundation of European settlement in northern North America, enshrined in the written treaties and in First Nations peoples’ oral and visual record of those treaties. This...

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Canada: Global Citizen
  Archived Discussion

Canada's International Military Commitments

Led by Caroline Leprince & Anessa Kimball

The nature of international security has changed dramatically in recent years - since the end of the Cold War and since 2001. Security threats increasingly come from non state-actors. How prepared is Canada to address international security in the 21st century? Do the institutions and ideas so...

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Muslims in Canada
  Archived Discussion

Gender

Led by Amira Elghawaby & Yasmin Jiwani

When discussing Muslims in Canada, many politicians and commentators in the media bring up the issue of gender. Why is gender so central to discussions of Muslims in Canada? In terms of Mutual Accommodation, questions can be asked regarding whether Muslim women need to be mutually accommodated...

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First Nations
  Archived Discussion

Reconciliation

Led by John Milloy & David Newhouse

Repairing relations between First Nations peoples and other Canadians is an urgent political and social issue in Canada today. Now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has wrapped up, Canadians have an opportunity to thoughtfully consider what reconciliation should look like. What roles...

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