With the emergence of populist agendas, in the face of declining trust in our key institutions, there has been a trend towards increasing protectionism and anxiety about migration worldwide.The need to present an alternative narrative highlighting the benefits of diversity, openness and inclusiveness has become of vital importance. Prominent Canadian and international visionaries, activists, cultural icons, influencers, and politicians will gather in Victoria, British Columbia on November 17-19 to discuss Canada’s successes and challenges in the area of diversity and inclusion in the 21st century. Speakers and participants will discuss everything from the powerful narrative of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the ongoing efforts to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees across Canada. The Victoria Forum is designed to facilitate constructive dialogue and forward thinking by focusing on results and building bridges between different groups.
PICS director Sybil Seitzinger is a co-chair of the forum's theme: Defining Climate Justice Which will comprise the plenery session Defining Climate Justice, on November 18th and three "Think Tank" sessions on November 19th:
- Who tells the story about climate justice?
- Just solutions for communities threatened by less predictable environments
- Climate Justice for Ecosystems
For details about all sessions, view the forum program.
Visit the Victoria Forum website for further details.
The Victoria Forum is hosted by the University of Victoria and Global Affairs Canada, with support from PICS and many other partners.