Question 11: Values and Culture
Should Canada seek out opportunities for fostering global intercultural dialogue
and interfaith understanding?
|Why not let them develop their own way of looking at the world and we can just go and visit them and share their understanding.
|It is imperative that Canada regard drug addiction as a health issue, and that we pursue harm reduction as the appropriate policy for treating that illness. Our courts may be filled with cases of drug-related crimes, but to
bow to American pressure to continue with their counter-productive "wa
|The Government of Canada, and in particular DFAIT, should cooperate more directly with civil society organizations to identify opportunities and provide forums for public engagement.
CCIC takes as its starting point the values and experience of more than 90 organizations that it represents within
|Yes, and it is important that these efforts are not just goverenment to government but also invovle civilians. The role of women is of particular importance, as is an emphasis on youth. And there needs to be much more education on these issues here in Canada.
|Yes. The growing impact of religion in international and intra-national conflicts merits serious attention to violations of human rights conducted on the basis of religion. A current case in point is the imminent execution of Amina Lawal of Nigeria.
Also problematical are the conflicts in pla
|Yes. Intercultural and interfaith understanding is of utmost importance in today's environment. Cultural boundaries should continue to fall and multiculturalism should predominate in the long term. Religious differences that exist have been or are created by fundamentalist and radical groups. In
These are the strengths of the "global village".
We must not isolate ourselves from the world.
We only limit our own experience when we do so.
We cannot communicate without understanding.
|Yes. If it is a dialogue and not a monologue! These are both areas where understanding among the populace is beneficial in discouraging an "us" versus "them" polarization.
This could be done on diplomatic, cultural, and educational levels.
International student exchanges should be
|As a non-denominational Canadian organization made up of people from all faiths and from various countries around the world promoting social justice, fostering mutual cooperation and ensuring people develop their potential, USC Canada certainly exemplifies this within its Partnership. The conflict
|Yes. It will pay off in increased respect for Canada.