Welcome to 6 Degrees Citizen Space 2017, where we ease you in with a beautiful citizenship ceremony hosted by our own Institute for Canadian Citizenship. After that though, get ready to think, engage, challenge and be challenged.
Before Citizen Space, consider attending one of Block by Block’s Public Block Parties in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver on Sunday, Sept. 24. Block by Block is an initiative of 6 Degrees Junior Fellow Gracia Dyer Jalea. It is a national, youth-led participatory, multimedia project that engages the public in a dialogue around the impact local communities have in the lives of newcomers.
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens, and offer unique opportunities for new citizens and community members to reflect on Canadian citizenship. Each ICC community citizenship ceremony includes signature ICC roundtables, a citizenship ceremony, and a reception.
The annual Leadership Luncheon, in support of 6 Degrees youth initiatives, combines remarkable speakers with great food and conversation. Held in the elegant Baillie Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario, this event showcases the 6 Degrees Junior Fellowship Program, 6 Degrees Young Advisors, as well as other youth-driven cohorts. For more information contact Portia Biswas, Development Associate, at email@example.com.
Full program and our three special guests to be announced soon.
Since 2000, the LaFontaine-Baldwin (LB) Lecture has gathered Canadians to reflect on democracy, citizenship and the public good. The series honours the leaders of Canada’s first democratic movement, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. Established by John Ralston Saul and hosted for the past decade by the ICC, the LB Lecture series honours their legacy.
Watch for an announcement on our LB Lecture speaker in the coming weeks.
2016 was the year of walls. Hard to miss the external ones, often newly constructed or noisily resurrected. But invisible barriers, the taller, more insidious kind, have also gone back up – or they’ve been there all along. Except now those walls are being rendered visible by groups traditionally kept marginal by them. Forces of disruption and social change speak truth to the power of barriers in our time. But can they actually bring any down?
Many people have deep roots in a place. Others are more recently settled. Canada is home to Indigenous peoples and settlers, along with a dynamic third partner: new citizens, nearly a quarter of a million each year. They bring their stories, identities, obligations and allegiances. Reconciliation is a shared project and responsibility. In Canada and elsewhere, bridges between Indigenous peoples and newcomers – groups with natural – affinities need to be identified and built. How to foster the right welcome amongst all residents of Turtle Island?
3:30 pm: Exchanges
Tuesday, September 26
6 Degrees Presents
Art speaks its own powerful language of inclusion. Throughout the three days of 6 Degrees, artistic representations are granted equal stature as ways to express our core themes. 6 Degrees Presents, a free ticketed event, takes this notion even further, building an evening of art around a concept at the heart of our project. Details to follow.
Where or even what is home? The vast majority of humans now reside in cities, and many of us have changed towns, cities, and nations to find better lives. In Toronto, the most diverse city on the planet, an internet connection “back home” can be as essential to well-being as a neighbour next door. We all long for a place called home. What isn’t so certain is whether this can any longer simply be a roof and four walls, address and postal code. How does belonging take root in 21st century lives?
How do conversations, and the ideas emerging from them, become concrete solutions and calls to action? How, too, do we ensure that everyone at 6 Degrees gets to contribute? For our final conversation, we leave the circle open and invite everyone in the space to work together to frame what we’ve learned over the course of our three days, and to give shape to our outcomes.
The marquee event at 6 Degrees, the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship is to be awarded annually to a leader whose life has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the ideals of belonging and inclusion. Through words, actions and results, this individual has encouraged thought and dialogue, approaches and strategies that strive to remove barriers, change attitudes, and reinforce the principles of tolerance and respect.
Look for an exciting announcement next month about this year’s prize recipient.
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. W
Toronto, M5T 1G4
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall
273 Bloor St. W
Toronto, M5S 1V6