Retaining Migrant Cultures

Retaining Migrant Cultures: Integration policy in Canada
Speaker: Dr Jatinder Mann # King's College, London
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3rd Oct 2013 16:30 - 3rd Oct 2013 18:00
David Hume Tower, Faculty Room South

Retaining migrant cultures: Integration policy in Canada

The foundation of English-speaking Canadian national identity between the late nineteenth century and the early 1950s was Britishness, a belief that Canada was an integral part of a wider British World. Whiteness was also a closely related part of this self-identification. Due to this an official government policy of assimilation was adopted towards non-British migrants who were expected to incorporate themselves into this Anglo-centric culture. However, as this identity began to unravel and break down, integration replaced assimilation as official policy in dealing with migrants. Integration encouraged migrants to retain their own cultures as well as incorporate themselves into the Canadian one. The culmination in the demise of the belief in Canada as an integral part of a wider British world was the United Kingdom’s decision to seek membership in the European Economic Community (EEC). Growing United States (US) dominance and the Quiet Revolution in Quebec added to these pressures.