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Time Activity Details
8:00 Registration and breakfast Location: High Park Ballroom
8:30 Opening remarks and roundtable Facilitator: Dominique Dennery
9:00 Opening address by the Right
Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
The Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and
former governor general of Canada will describe her vision
of linguistic duality and cultural diversity in Canada.
Her speech will be followed by a question period.
10:00 Health break  
10:15
Understanding the context Historical overview of linguistic duality and cultural diversity in the Canadian context (Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages)

Presentation of the results of the pre-forum questionnaire and introduction to the topics of discussion (Catherine Scott, Acting Director General, Policy and Communications)

Question period (Dominique Dennery)
11:00

Workshop 1:

Linguistic Duality, Cultural Diversity and the Evolving Canadian Identity
Participants will be divided into four groups to discuss
their perceptions of the fundamental values of Canadian
identity and linguistic duality.
12:00 Lunch  
1:00

Plenary session on Workshop 1 Each group will present the main conclusions reached
during the morning’s workshop discussions.
(High Park Ballroom)
1:30

Linguistic duality and cultural
diversity from a young person’s perspective
Presentation by Lorena Ortega, finalist in the French for the
Future essay contest.
1:45

Workshop 2:

The Interaction Between Linguistic Duality and Cultural Diversity in Everyday Life: What Are the Issues and What Needs to Be Done?
Participants will return to their groups to discuss their personal experiences and courses of action for the future.
3:00 Health break  
3:30

Plenary session on Workshop 2 Each group will present the main conclusions reached
during the afternoon’s workshop discussions.
(High Park Ballroom)
4:00
Next steps Presentation of the next steps to be taken (Catherine Scott,
Acting Director General, Policy and Communications)


Question period (Dominique Dennery)
4:15 Closing remarks Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages
4:30 End of discussion forum  


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