Mutual Accommodation
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Mutual Accommodation: A Better Way of Doing Things?

1 open discussion • Led by Heather Nicol

Overview

Let’s discuss one of the most profound facets of the Canadian experience – mutual accommodation. At key moments in Canada’s past, the need to accommodate difference – between Canadians, with our neighbours, and with our northern geography – has been central to national survival and success. Yet there have also been key failures, instances where the triumph of a certain idea of Canada has negated the needs and hopes of those who live here. What lessons can we learn from the successes and... read more
Expert Insights
Acting Director of the School for the Study of Canada, Trent University
The idea of mutual accommodations is always tricky in Canada. While critics have pointed out that we are not as multicultural as we think, there is no doubt that the politics of accommodation in Canada have a distinctive history. As an educator and a political geographer, I understand how volatile, yet enduring, social constructions of “othering” can be. Throughout history Canadians have chosen scapegoats: be they French, Jewish, Irish, Aboriginal, Southern or Eastern European, East Asian,... read more
Associate Professor, Trent University
The fact that we rarely agree is a good sign. You would struggle to define something as “unCanadian” in the way Americans label people and actions as “unAmerican”. For some, this is frustrating. For others, the key project is to point out when Canadians do agree and just don’t acknowledge it. But the lack of homogeneity still matters. From the very beginning, it has been almost impossible to call something Canadian - to speak of Canadian culture or history or language. Certainly not the... read more

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Who comes first: Syrian refugees or First Nations?
Published: October 14, 2016 • cbc.ca • 0 DR
Stuart McLean: Laughter, Tears and the Soul of Our Country (in Culture)
Published: February 16, 2017 • feeds.feedblitz.com • 0 DR
Multiculturalism: Success, Failure, and the Future
Added: February 22, 2017 • Author: Will Kymlicka • 0 DR
Pluralism Policies That Work: A call for more radical thinking
Added: February 22, 2017 • Author: KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE, MATHIEU LEFEVRE, LUIS LARRAIN, RATNA OMIDVAR, RICHARD VAN DER LAKEN, BESSMA MOMANI, PETE SWEETNAM, MADELEINE REDFERN, NAHEED NENSHI • 0 DR
From Europe to Canada, how to promote a truly welcoming culture for migrants
Added: February 22, 2017 • Author: Jeremy Kinsman • 0 DR
Interculturalism or Multiculturalism?
Added: February 22, 2017 • Author: Charles Taylor • 0 DR
Security Warning: Multiculturalism Alert!
Added: February 22, 2017 • Author: Rita Dhamoon • 0 DR
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Poll Results
How is Mutual Accommodation best achieved?
A: Government policy (ex. multiculturalism) 10%
B: Law (ex. anti-discrimination) 0%
C: Daily/regular interactions among people 33%
D: A combination of the above 57%

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