Textbook for Canadian Multiculturalism course at Algonquin College
Multiculturalism is both a philosophy and a literal coming together of many different cultures to create the contemporary social climate of Canadian society.
Europeans found a land rich with cultural diversity when they came to North America. Most came looking for opportunity, a better life, and an escape from the squalor, disease and inequality in the cities they came from. They were introduced to a wealth of new ideas and practices, from sports, to a nutrition revolution, to philosophy, to democracy, to a spiritual relationship with the land. Settlers came in droves to what is today called Canada from all over the world. People came into contact with new foods, traditions, dance, dress, architecture, and social organizing, and the Canadian culture we know today is a composite of all these beautiful influences creating something new: Multiculturalism.
There were many hardships along the way, and the worst of all these was the militantly racist British colonial narrative. It took generations of work to build the multicultural ethos we have today. Only now, after 150 years of nationhood, is Canada ascending beyond the colonial legacy and into its own distinct identity forged by the contributions of so many vibrant cultures.
This anthology is a survey of the experiences of some of the major cultural groups during the colonial period, and highlights the impact of these cultural groups on contemporary Canadian society.
We still require the following chapters/articles:
A summary of the experience of Japanese-Canadians focused on 1850-1950
A longer summary of the experience of French-Canadians focused on 1500-1850
A summary of the experience of Haudenosaunee focused on the founding of the Iroquois Confederacy (1142/1500s) to 1950 (and the impact of the Confederacy on contemporary Canadian democracy)
A shorter summary of the Acadian experience focused on 1530-1760
A summary of the experience of Chinese-Canadians focused on 1850-1930
A summary of the experience of Jewish-Canadians focused on 1750-1950
A summary of The Canadian Multiculturalism Act in relation to international conventions on human rights and the development of these policies by the Government of Canada post-WWII.
Other proposals you think may be relevant to the book.
Can be written in an engaging and journalistic style, but still need to be well-grounded in hard details, specific geographies, and dates
Heavily reference Canadian policies and directly reference first-hand accounts and sources
You may submit a chapter proposal with examples of relevant previous writing you will be drawing from to:
Timeline for publication: Proposals due March 30, completed chapters due June 2, book goes to print July 2018.
*You may include photographs which are in the public domain only, or photographs you own licensing for.
**This textbook will hold a Creative Commons license: CC-BY-NC-ND.
CC stands for Creative Commons. BY represents “attribution” which means the author of the work must be properly credited. NC stands for Non-Commercial which means that others can copy, distribute, display, perform the work but they are not allowed to share the work for profit. ND stands for No Derivatives which means that others cannot modify the work. As a contributing author, you will have license to share your own contribution for profit or modification subsequent to publication.
***Studio Dreamshare will be looking for proposals for new book projects in Spring 2018. We like Canadian content, nonfiction, and a fresh, anti-oppressive approach–open to projects across humanities disciplines.