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Immigration, Integration and Citizenship: Political (Part IV)

This panel will feature a presentation that proposes what indicators would most effectively track how inclusive Canadian institutions are of newcomers and minorities and how actively newcomers and minorities seek to influence these institutions, followed by a panel of discussants and an open discussion.

Location: Seymour Room


John Biles Metropolis Project

Meyer Burnstein

James Frideres
University of Calgary


Chris Anderson McGill University

Jerome Black
McGill University

Myer Siemiatycki Ryerson University

Kelly Tran Statistics Canada

Alain Pelletier
Elections Canada

Religion and Migration in Canadian Society (Part II)

The role of religion in Canadian society over the past several decades has certainly changed, and national and international events over the past two decades have demonstrated that while religion continues to exert a significant influence in the lives of Canadian communities and individuals, it is also dramatically and continually renegotiated by people as they face new and often disorienting realities.   In this workshop, speakers will address specific Canadian issues in which religion plays a significant role.  Presenters from a wide range of academic and religious backgrounds will explore the policy implications of these case studies, and also the broader lessons we can learn from them.

Location: Salon F


Paul Bramadat
University of Winnipeg



Naiyer Habib
Canadian Islamic Congress

Joanne Benham Rennick
University of Waterloo

David Armstrong Religious Diversity in Ottawa

Solange Lefebvre Universite de Montreal

Paul Bramadat University of Winnipeg

Humera Ibrahim Canadian Heritage

Sarah Jackson
University of British Columbia

Bruce Geunther Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

David Matas
B’nai Brith

Diversity and La Francophonie (Part I)

This workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part will examine the issues concerning the reception and presence of Francophone immigrants in minority language situations, such as reception structures and integration problems. The second part will focus on carving out a place for Francophone citizens and will include Francophone linguistic identity, equity, representation and citizen participation.

Location : Cypress I Room


Nathalie Ethier Metropolis Project

France Trépanier Canadian Heritage


Jamal Nawri Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britanique

Aicha Guendafa Centre d'accueil et de référence social et économique pour immigrants

Denise Legault
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Bintou Sacko Société franco-manitobaine

Ghizlane Laghzaoui
Simon Fraser University

Milton Tanaka Consultant/Author

Marie-Lison Fougère
Sous-ministre adjointe, Office des Affaires francophones, Ontario

Mikhael Missakabo
George Brown College/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto

Jean Lafontant Chercheur
Centre de recherche sur l’immigration, liethnicité et le citoyenneté

Michelle Rakotonaivo Fédération des Francophones de la Columbie-Britannique

Development of Intercultural Competence Through Teacher Preparation Programs

The workshop examines intercultural competence in pre-service teachers and teacher educators in three teacher preparation programs in Western Canada. Policy recommendations include building stronger connections between teacher preparation programs and school practices, additions and/or changes to teachers’ professional codes of ethics, and changing curriculum or content delivery in post-secondary institutions.

Location: Arbutus Room


Anna Kirova University of Alberta




Darren Lund University of Calgary

Tara Musk Unversity of Calgary

Nancy Arthur
University of Calgary

Yan Guo
University of Calgary

Seonaigh MacPherson University of Calgary

Cara Zurzolo University of Calgary

Andrew Kaplan
University of Manitoba

William Dunn
University of Alberta


Mirriam Cooley University of Alberta

Jim Gurnett
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers