What is a Canadian? - The United Nations Association in Canada explores Canadian identity at National Conference Roundtable

    OTTAWA, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The largest federally funded diversity
project, A Sense of Belonging, has spent the last three years exploring
Canadian identity and now it is time to identify the successes, challenges and
next steps at a national roundtable. The roundtable is bringing our Regional
Coordinators to share their findings and look to the future. The moderated
discussion will showcase speechs from Howard Duncan, CEO of Metropolis and
Randall Hansen, a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Immigration and
Governance at the University of Toronto. The session will also engage
parliamentarians, the heads of national NGOs and cultural community
representatives in a dialogue on inclusiveness in Canadian society. The
supporting documents will also be released at this event.

                 UNA-Canada's Diversity & Identity Roundtable
                             February 29th, 2008
               Location: Parliament Hill Centre Block (256-S)
                              Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
                             Roundtable: 2 p.m.

    Organizations attending the roundtable: Canadian Heritage, Citizenship
and Immigration, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Paraplegic
Association, Around the Rainbow Project, Canadian Association for Community
Living, Canadian Human Rights Commission, and various ethno-cultural

    Sense of Belonging project, a three year initiative to identify and
address local issues of racism and discrimination facing Canadian communities.
With support from Canadian Heritage, the programme is working in nine
communities across the country (Yellowknife, Kamloops, Calgary, Saskatoon,
Winnipeg, Kingston, Montreal, Moncton, and St. John's). To learn more visit:

    UNA-Canada is a national charitable organization founded in 1946. The
organization supports a network of 18 volunteer branches, with a National
office in Ottawa and a professional office in Vancouver and Toronto. Our
mandate is to engage Canadians in the work of the UN and critical global
issues through innovative projects, policy research, and on-going

For further information:

For further information: Sarah Hoyles, Communications Officer, United
Nations Association in Canada, (613) 232-5751 x 245, sarah.hoyles@unac.org

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