Immigration, Vitality and InclusionA Revealing Moment: How the Pandemic Has Exposed the Fragility of Minorities
The year 2020 was marked by major upheavals. Overall, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed and exacerbated the inequalities and vulnerabilities that exist within Canadian society. Alongside its multiple impacts on immigration to Canada as a whole, the pandemic has highlighted the fragility of minorities in times of crisis. There is a need to reflect on measures that could reduce the long-term consequences for Francophone and Acadian communities. After all, welcoming and integrating immigrants have been key priorities for these communities for the last two decades.
The major events and heightened awareness of the past year have also focused attention on the persistence of racial discrimination and unconscious bias in Canadian society. The situation calls for appropriate strategies for truly fostering community cohesion in a context of diversity.
The 14th Annual Symposium on Francophone Immigration will provide an opportunity to address these challenges and discuss promising practices for building cohesive communities in a time of crisis.