November 17-19, 2011
The Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia
8th Annual Trudeau Conference on Public Policy 2011
"The Making of Citizens: Beyond the Canadian Consensus on Immigration"
The notion that we are all immigrants is embedded in the Canadian psyche. The First Peoples-with a relationship with the land that extends beyond memory, and being truly "autochthonous"-are still portrayed as the quintessential migrants, establishing the human race on the American continent. We like to tell ourselves that the first settlers, French or English, were just immigrants, first among successive waves of adoptive citizens. For many Canadians, immigration is a living, essential and often repeated part of their family's history. Today, for one Canadian out of five, it is even a journey that has been directly experienced. We are all immigrants-it is a refrain that echoes from coast to coast, in rural and urban areas alike.
The Eighth Trudeau Conference on Public Policy will revisit the orthodoxy of a national consensus on immigration. The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on crucial aspects of immigration and citizenship, dissect comfortable assumptions and alternative perspectives, and question policy narratives that have become all but clichés.