May 8-9, 2017
Saint Paul University, Ottawa

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At Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, we need to discover a new way of talking, thinking and acting together so that Canada’s religious diversity can become a resource for our collective advancement. Our Whole Society: Religion & Citizenship at Canada's 150th will build on years of experience in interfaith and religious-secular dialogue to convene a range of fresh perspectives that will help us to think about how to build our whole society and promote a more active Canadian citizenry. We will be asking, 

  • How can an inclusive society provide space for diverse perspectives and practices to be welcomed into the public sphere? 
  • Can we advance beyond simple toleration of religious and other differences to embrace a wider respect for all citizens? 
  • How can we draw upon Canada’s religious and cultural diversity as a resource for strengthening civic engagement and fostering a more mature collective life?

Read the concept paper for a fuller exploration of the conference’s theme.

We invite you to join us and our distinguished speakers, panelists and guests as we explore these and other relevant questions at the Our Whole Society: Religion & Citizenship at Canada's 150th conference. 

This gathering, the third in a series of Our Whole Society conferences, follows on earlier conferences held at McGill University (2013) and University of British Columbia (2015).

The conference is being organized under the auspices of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation in partnership with several Conversation Participants, Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Cardus' Faith in Canada 150 project.

Help us advertise the conference - see our posters here.