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John Monahan, Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute, presenting at the CRRF Symposium

On November 17, John Monahan, Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute, was a presenter at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) biennial symposium in Ottawa. John’s presentation explored the ways in which multiculturalism influences relations between Canadians connected to different sides of overseas conflicts, and focused extensively on the findings of the Institute’s 2014 research report entitled “The Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict’ in Canada”.

John highlighted how Canadians’  experiences with multiculturalism leads to a “re-framing” of their perspective on the  overseas conflicts to which they have connections, and enables them to better distinguish the political dynamics of the conflicts from the communities that would at one time have been their adversaries. Among other factors, this occurs as result of coming into contact with other Canadians who share similar experiences of conflict and trauma, and because of Canada’s strong embrace of concepts such as pluralism and the rule of law.

This year’s CRRF conference, entitled Our Canada: Building on Citizenship, Building for Citizenship, examined current issues related to Canadian citizenship. The event brought together a select number of innovators, community leaders, and government representatives specializing in race relations and Canadian citizenship. CRRF has shown significant interest in the work of the Mosaic Institute in recent years. CRRF dedicated a page on their website to the Institute’s research report entitled “The Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict’ in Canada” following its release in March 2014.