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Idiailogue Forum

Contradictions in Multiculturalism



“Contradictions in Multiculturalism and Immigrant Integration: Where Do We Go from Here?”




Usha GeorgeUsha George, Dean, Faculty of Community Services Ryerson University, Toronto. Prior to taking up her current position as Dean of the Faculty of Community Services, Dr. George was Associate Dean at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, where she was the Royal Bank Chair in Applied Social Work Research and was a Director of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS). She has also taught in Universities in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The focus of Dr. George’s scholarship, teaching and creative professional activity has been in the area of social work with diverse communities. Her research focuses on three areas: social development; newcomer settlement and integration; and diversity and organizational change.

In this talk, Dr. George suggests that  while the Multiculturalism Policy as enshrined in the Multiculturalism Act 1988 has contributed to increased acceptance of ethnic diversity in Canadian society, it has failed to address structural inequalities particularly in relation to the economic integration of racialized immigrants. It concludes by recommending the need to rethink Multiculturalism in its current form.