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Round table : The Canadian experience of multiculturalism

Friday, 16 February 2018

The CCME hosted, Thursday, February 15, 2018, a round table on living together in a plural society at the Casablanca book fair.

J8 TR 3 FRANTZMr Frantz Benjamin, a canadian official, spoke about the added value of cultural and ethnic pluralism for the Canadian society and the choices made by the city of Montreal to encourage cultural pluralism and living together and fight against discrimination. The Canadian initiatives initiated by the city include the establishment of the Intercultural Council and supports cultural pluralism in schools.

For her part, the Moroccan-canadian academician, Ms Yolande Cohen outlined the historical stages of migration in Canada.

J8 TR 3 YOLANDMs Yolande Cohen spoke about three preeminent steps of the  migration in Canada. The first, before the end of the second world war, which were arduous to non-European countries because of racism in Canada at the time, followed by the period after 1945, with the appearance of international movements against racism , which led the Canadian society to accept a new migration, French-speaking migrants in particular. Finally the migrants no longer needed to integrate as groups in multi-ethnic societies and migration movements were linked to financial movements.

J8 TR 3 HERMANMr Herman Deparice-Okomba, president of the Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRMV) in Quebec, specifically stated that living together is still a vulnerable in Canada that must be continually reinforced through the struggle against racism.

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