May 16, 2017

This is the culminating event in a series of international talks recorded for CBC Radio One IDEAS “Us and Them: Diversity, Division and a World of Difference” in Partnership with The Laurier Institution

Toronto, ON– CBC Radio One today announced that guest speaker Roberta Jamieson, Indigenous education advocate, will deliver a talk on Tuesday, May 23 at Ryerson University in Toronto. The talk, entitled “Canada's Original Promise - Still Waiting to be Realized,” is the final in a series of five international lectures recorded for CBC Radio IDEAS to air this June: “Us and Them: Diversity, Division, and A World of Difference.”

Ideas host Paul Kennedy has so far visited four nations — South Africa, Germany, Israel, and India — each with a complex history of difference and diversity, race and religion, migrants and the mainstream, to record a series of talks that explore various issues around diversity and difference.  This final talk in Toronto brings the series home to Canada. 

The talks will be broadcast as follows.

  • Monday June 26 - In Johannesburg, journalist Sisonke Msimang calls for a South Africa that moves beyond the old stories of race — pre- and post-Apartheid — and is instead built around a truer sense of belonging for all.
  • Tuesday June 27 - Galia Sabar, in Ruppin, reflects on pluralism and a new tribe of Israel — non-Jewish labour migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.
  • Wednesday June 28 - From Mumbai, political scientist Neera Chandhoke on the life-and-death stakes of religious toleration and secular coexistence in India.
  • Thursday June 29 - Sociologist Aladin El-Mafaalani in Berlin, on how conflicts within a diverse society like Germany’s can actually be a sign of successful integration of new groups.
  • Friday 30 June - Roberta Jamieson in Toronto, Canada.

At the Toronto event, Indigenous thinker Roberta Jamieson will give her view of our collective opportunity and challenge: to honour the possibilities in the wake of the 2016 Truth and Reconciliation Report’s “calls to action.”  As Canada prepares to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday on July 1, many Indigenous Peoples see a different history.  In a time of potential optimism and expectation for Indigenous Peoples, will Canada actually use this momentum to find a way forward? Event tickets are free to the public, but must be reserved in advance.  Audiences can go to the cbc.ca/Ideas for the link to reserve tickets.


Roberta Jamieson is the President and CEO of the Indigenous youth education charity Indspire. Her past achievements include being the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first female Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family.

Her honours include the YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 25 honorary degrees. In 2015, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance.  She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. 

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Nicola Makoway, CBC publicity