Metropolis Canada’s 4th Annual Forum on Measuring Identities

Multiculturalism @50: Diversity, Inclusion and Eliminating Racism


Metropolis Canada’s 4th Annual Forum on Measuring Identities

Multiculturalism @50: Diversity, Inclusion and Eliminating Racism

October 6-8, 2021 (to be held online)

In October 2021, Canada will have reached the half-century mark since multiculturalism became the official policy of the country. While this policy has come to be seen by many, both at home and abroad, as a pillar of Canadian identity, from 1971 to this day it has been a source of controversy.  Over the past fifty years there have been multiple occasions where the Government of Canada has redefined the policy and its objectives in an effort to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving population. Along the way there have been debates about the impact of multiculturalism on immigrant integration, on attachment to Canada, on the promotion of shared values, on its impact on secularism and the accommodation of religious diversity, on cross cultural understanding, on the promotion of language duality and the preservation of the French language and the ongoing fight to eliminate racism and discrimination. 

On the occasion of this important milestone, Metropolis Canada will host a national forum entitled Multiculturalism@50 that will bring together leading thinkers in Canada and abroad to assess the state of multiculturalism domestically and in other immigrant receiving/pluralist countries. 

The Forum will also invite workshop, roundtable and poster submissions from academics, researchers, policymakers and representatives of civil society. The aim of the Forum will be to trace the evolution of multiculturalism as a demographic reality, as a policy and as a message or ideal.  The objective is to facilitate a lively debate between champions and critics; and to create a better understanding of the differing visions of Canada that underlie these views. The forum will also hear from international experts to share the varying experiences with multicultural policies in its application to their societies.Looking ahead to the next fifty years, the forum will consider whether the very tenets of the debate require reframing, and what shape multiculturalism’s policy framework should take into account in the context of the changing face of Canada into the 21st century. 

Submit a Proposal

The call for proposals is now closed!

Additional information to be posted shortly.

Workshops (60 minutes): Workshops will usually consist of a minimum of two to a maximum of three presentations of approximately 10-15 mins each followed by discussion. Workshop organizers will preside over the session or designate another individual to do so. 

• Roundtables (60 minutes): The roundtable format is suitable for more informal discussions of emerging issues or controversies. It is a very effective format for the exchange of information and experiences among a relatively small number of people. The organizer or designated person chairs the virtual roundtable with other discussants. 

• Individual Presentations: You may submit an individual paper or presentation, but note that due to limited space on the program, individual presentations will be limited to 15 minutes and will be combined with two other individual presentations on the same similar general theme in a one hour session.

*If you are interested in presenting a paper, we strongly encourage you to solicit colleagues from your area of expertise in order to submit a workshop proposal. If you do not have the time or the contacts to put together a workshop proposal but you are still interested in presenting your paper, please consider selecting an "individual presentation" format.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a workshop, roundtable or individual presentation on the following or other related topics:

  • Immigration, Newcomer integration and Multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism
  • Multiculturalism, racialization visible minorities mixed race identities
  • Multiculturalism and the Charter of Rights 
  • Multiculturalism and Gender Equality 
  • Multiculturalism and official languages/language duality 
  • Multiculturalism and Federalism 
  • Differences/Similarities between Multiculturalism and interculturalism 
  • Multiculturalism and Religious Accommodation, Secularism/laïcité
  • Multiculturalism and Indigenous Relations 
  • Community Histories 
  • Multiculturalism and non-official languages/heritage languages 
  • Multiculturalism and the Vertical Mosaic
  • Multiculturalism and Ancestry
  • Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity 
  • Multiculturalism and ethnicity 
  • Multiculturalism and the Arts/Cultural Expression  
  • Cross Cultural Understanding 
  • Multiculturalism and Civil Society 
  • Multicultural Education 
  • Multiculturalism and Employment Equity 
  • Multiculturalism and Residential Patterns 
  • Multiculturalism and ‘le Vivre Ensemble’ 
  • Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion
  • Multiculturalism and Second Generation Canadians

Please note that you will be required to provide the information listed below for the submission process to James Ondrick at before the deadline of July 7, 2021:

  • Name and email address of the organizer
  • Format of the session (workshop, roundtable or poster presentation)
  • Title of the session
  • Names of co-organizers (if applicable)
  • Names of presenters including their email address, affiliation and titles of their presentation
  • 50-word abstract which will be included in the program (please make sure it is descriptive but is also formulated to interest as many forum participants as possible)

Make sure to confirm that all presenters in your session are able and willing to participate and note that all conference delegates, including all presenters on the program, are required to register and pay the $95 conference registration fee.



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