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Published on February 7, 2017

Big Thinking lecture

Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Parliamentary Restaurant, Centre Block
Price: $25 - pre-registration required - complimentary for parliamentarians and the media - includes a hot breakfast

As we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation throughout 2017, discussions about what it means to be Canadian will be front and centre in the media. Throughout Canada's history, particularly during key anniversary years and on national holidays, governments, community groups, artists and citizens have planned diverse initiatives to try to shape what it means to be Canadian or to be a part of a particular community. Historian Matthew Hayday will discuss how national celebrations and commemorations - both official and citizen-led processes - have shaped our country's sense of itself and offer suggestions to policy-makers of lessons that can be learned from these past efforts about what works, what does not, and how to foster citizen engagement in these events.

Matthew Hayday is Associate Professor of History at the University of Guelph and editor of the recently-published book Celebrating Canada: Holidays, National Days and the Crafting of Identities. His research and publications focus on issues related to nationalism, public policy, Canada Day celebrations and Canadian identity. His other books include

So They Want Us to Learn French: Promoting and Opposing Bilingualism in English-speaking Canada

This Big Thinking lecture will be moderated by Guy Laforest, professor of political science at Université Laval and President-Elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. It will take place in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation available via cell phone 

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