1991

Dialogue Canada is founded

An organization is formed to promote dialogue between Canadians of various backgrounds.

Dialogue Canada is a non-governmental organization created in 1991 in the wake of cross-cultural tensions that followed the failure of the Meech Lake Accord in 1990.

Its mission is “to provide Canadians of all regions, cultural and linguistic backgrounds with opportunities to know each other better and acknowledge their differences, to share their respective concerns and to exchange their vision of the future of the country, based on communication and civic education, in order to ensure its prosperous and peaceful development.”

Over the years, Dialogue Canada has been active in the constitutional reform process (organizing conferences and consultations in the lead-up to the 1992 Charlottetown Accord referendum), called for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, provided pro-active support for CBC/Radio Canada and official language minority rights, worked with young Canadians to foster national unity using on-line tools, rallied Anglophones to support the cause of saving the Montfort Hospital, supported the lobby for a policy of appointing bilingual judges to the Supreme Court of Canada, and lobbied to make Ottawa an officially bilingual city. It continues to promote several of these issues today.