noun. [From Latin multus “much, many” + cultura “growing, cultivation.”]
1. An Indigenous concept that balances difference with belonging.
2. A policy devised to explain how people from culturally distinct and diverse backgrounds can live together.
3. A Canadian invention supporting
– in theory at least – notions of equal rights, recognition and opportunity for all, regardless of their roots.
4. An example of how confused and blissfully optimistic policy-making can become a strength.
5. Misunderstood, to put it politely, by Europeans and Americans. And some Canadians.
6. On paper, the opposite of inter cultural is me. In practice, identical.
7. An important step on the road to pluralism and inclusion.
8. A rare unapologetic Canadian mic drop.
SEE: Citizen; Community; demoCraCy; inClusion
– Adrienne Clarkson