What do we actually mean by “diversity”?
The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright
A little more than a year ago, Prime Minister Trudeau invoked the principle of diversity in assembling his cabinet. Because, as he said in the soundbite of the year, it was 2015. It’s been a different story throughout the world in 2016. A backlash against immigration helped spur the Brexit forces to victory in a British referendum, and the xenophobic far-right in Europe is on a populist upswing in Europe. And then there was the victory of Donald Trump in the US election a month ago. Whether that victory was because of, or in spite of, his apparent xenophobia and misogyny, is still a matter of debate.
Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and she’s the director of Equity and Diversity with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning racial justice educator and the author of a new book called Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us Vs. Them.
Desmond Cole is a freelance journalist and activist who writes a column for the Toronto star and hosts a weekly radio program in Toronto.