Intercultural Understanding: Is Montreal Canada's Cultural Innovator?
Intercultural relationships form the core of the Canadian experience. But “culture” isn’t just race or ethnicity. Other factors, such as political and religious belief, sexual orientation, marital status, urban or rural perspective, all add to our perception of the society around us.
Montreal has been a pioneer in the areas of cultural innovation and social inclusion from its beginnings: personal identity is constantly determined and negotiated through language and the vast array of social and cultural affiliations that enter into everyday life.
What does “intercultural understanding” mean for Montreal in the complex Quebec environment? What’s the difference between “intercultural” and “multicultural” as it pertains to today’s Montreal, and, in an evolutionary sense, which of those two comes first? What can the rest of Canada learn from Montrealers’ experience?