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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 Muslims in Canada, Indigenous Peoples, and Canada’s presence on the World stage.

Canada: Global Citizen
  Full launch March 6, 2017

International Trade

Led by Zoe Williams & Devin Penner
Open Discussion: Explore and discuss

When the Hot Topic fully launches on March 6, we’ll be discussing: Does Canada have extra responsibilities when it trades with emerging markets?; and Is Canada’s status as a mining industry powerhouse commensurate with good global citizenship?

Indigenous Peoples
  Begins March 6, 2017

Education and Social Services

Led by Trent Team (Discussion Moderator)

Indigenous communities in Canada face tremendous obstacles in accessing educational and other social services. The high cost of food and housing in remote areas exacerbates the vulnerability of the population. Secondary school dropout rates are high, while suicide rates among youth are...

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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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