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Address to GOPIO's Conference on Multiculturalism
Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2011

By Stephen Kangal
January 31, 2011

What is ethno-cultural diversity?

The representation on one social system of people with distinctly different linguistic, cultural and group affiliations of cultural significance.

What is Integration?

"The harmonious co-existence of a community of citizens (e.g. the Indian and African communities) and a community of communities (T&T) in multicultural societies and the unimpeded interaction between them. It is not the one way process in which minorities are to be absorbed in to the non-existent homogenous structures of the dominant majority by giving up their distinctive linguistic, cultural and social characteristics. This is termed the assimilationist model similar to the Francophonie/Anglophone practice."

What is multiculturalism (MC)?

Multiculturalism has been described as a systematic and comprehensive statal response mechanism to managing and treating with cultural and ethnic diversity with educational, linguistic, economic and social components and specific institutional arrangements.

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