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Five hundred years of building diversity: Canadian citizenship at the future’s edge

Event #1001
Five hundred years of building diversity: Canadian citizenship at the future’s edge

Saturday, May 27, 2017

12:15 - 13:15

TRSM 1-067 – Auditorium

Big Thinking
Who can attend: 
General public
This open event is hosted by: 
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Is Canada built on the ideals of inclusion, diversity and full citizenship? Where did these ideals come from, are we living up to them, and where are they going? What will community and Canadian citizenship mean in the new millennium and what must we do to reach these ideals? Join former Member of Parliament Olivia Chow, award-winning essayist and novelist John Ralston Saul and Anishinaabe scholar and commentator Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair as they explore ideas of belonging and exclusion on the eve of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul is an award winning essayist and novelist. His fourteen works have been translated into 28 languages in 37 countries. His most recent works, The Comeback (Le Grand Retour) and A Fair Country (Mon pays métis) are examinations of the remarkable resurgence to power of Indigenous peoples in Canada and have greatly influenced the national conversation on these issues. His recent writings on immigration and citizenship are increasingly positioning him as one of the leading voices on the subject. Saul is the former President of PEN International, co-Founder and co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and 6 Degrees Citizen Space. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. 

Olivia ChowOlivia Chow is a public figure, politician, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. She was born in Hong Kong and moved to Toronto with her parents when she was thirteen. Her political career began in 1985 when she was elected to the Toronto Board of Education, and in 1991 she became the first Asian-born woman elected as a Metro Toronto Councillor where she served for 14 years. In 2006 she was elected as a Member of Parliament and won re-election twice. Olivia Chow is founder of the Institute for Change Leaders, an organization that teaches community and political organizing strategies.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine's "Canada's Top 20 Most Influential People" and one of the CBC Manitoba's "Top Forty Under Forty." He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of newspapers like The Guardian and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. His first book on Anishinaabeg literary traditions will be coming out with the University of Minnesota Press in 2017. 

Simultaneous interpretation available.

Followed by a book signing with John Ralston Saul.