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Build a wall, create a bridge, or make a home? These are the choices we make in today’s world

Sept. 25, 2017 – TORONTO – One year ago, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) invited the world to come to 6 Degrees Citizen Space. And, the world came – 5,000 people from 28 countries –  answering the call for a safe debate on inclusion and belonging.  This September 25 to 27, the second 6 Degrees Citizen Space will go even further, inviting global leaders, creatives and thinkers like Ai Weiwei, Margaret Atwood, Kent Monkman and Michael Sandel to join the conversation on inclusion and citizenship.

“6 Degrees is designed to start conversations which can be turned into action when it comes to diversity and belonging. We hope that this energy will carry on in the many parts of the world from which the participants have come,” said The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, co-founder and co-chair of the ICC. “Canada is the right place to turn these conversations into actions. This happened in 2016 and the energy will be even greater this autumn.”

“This is not an isolated annual event. The crisis around these issues of immigration, refugees, citizenship, belonging, and diversity has created a situation which must be addressed by all of us every day,” said John Ralston Saul, co-founder and co-chair of the ICC. “6 Degrees – through its multiple events, its policy research, and its partnerships around the world –  is the reality designed to address today’s situation.”

The second annual 6 Degrees Citizen Space will engage participants over three days in a unique program that encompasses large-scale lectures, dynamic conversations in the round (the signature 6 Degrees “360 sessions”), intimate exchanges, public celebrations, original research, youth-driven projects, artistic engagements, and an opportunity to experience the power of an ICC community citizenship ceremony.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture by Harvard professor and political philosopher Michael Sandel

“Does Democracy Have a Future? Moral and Political Argument in the Age of Trump”
September 25 at 7:30 PM, at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto 

2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship presented to Ai Wewei

Among the most renowned and revered of living artists, Ai Weiwei’s remarkable career has been characterized by boldness, vision, daring, and a deep empathy for ordinary lives. This great Chinese artist and activist will accept the award and speak to its importance on September 27 at 8 PM, at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto  

Famed artist Kent Monkman unveils Two Ships

Two Ships, a monumental history painting by the Toronto-based artist and activist will be unveiled at 360 Bridges and will be on display for two days only, September 26 & 27 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, WF Learning Centre,
317 Dundas St. W

In a world which is looking for answers and models for immigration, inclusion, and citizenship, Toronto, with over half its citizens born in other countries, is the right place to welcome people for these discussions and policy developments.

The lineup includes:

Ai Weiwei, Visionary artist and activist, 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship laureate (China);
Margaret Atwood, Award-winning author, poet, and essayist (Canada);
Michael Sandel, Harvard political philosophy professor, 15th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture speaker (U.S.);
Kent Monkman, Artist & activist of Cree ancestry (Canada);
Yannis Behrakis, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist & Senior Editor at Thomson Reuters (Greece);
Wadah Khanfar, President of Al Sharq Forum & former Director General of Al Jazeera (Palestine);
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (U.K.);
Niigaan Sinclair, International commentator on Indigenous issues (Canada);
Regina Catrambone, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS);
Nadine Caron, 1st female First Nations surgeon, Co-Director, UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
Richard van der Laken, Co-Founder of What Design Can Do, international conference on power of design

Tickets are on sale at 6degreesto.com. Full speaker list here.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship inspires Canadians to be inclusive, embrace fresh thinking, practice active citizenship, and own our collective culture and spaces through innovative programs and special projects including: a unique approach to community citizenship ceremonies, the Cultural Access Pass, Ideas & Insights, and 6 Degrees. icc-icc.ca

6 Degrees connects thinkers and doers to drive the global conversation on inclusion and citizenship. Critical to the success of 6 Degrees are our champions, advocates, supporters, and friends. Merci profondément. 6degreesto.com


6 Degrees Presents: Human Flow, a Film by Ai Weiwei – a Toronto Premiere

September 18, 2017 – TORONTO – 6 Degrees is pleased to announce the Toronto premiere of Ai Weiwei’s feature documentary, Human Flow, on Tuesday, September 26, in collaboration with Elevation Pictures, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. 6 Degrees Presents is a free ticketed evening of art and culture that is regular part of 6 Degrees Citizen Space. The documentary was selected for its powerful alignment with this year’s themes of Walls, Bridges and Homes.

In Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow, the renowned Chinese artist, activist and director shares the stories of those caught in the global migration crisis, which has displaced more than 65 million people escaping famine, war and the impacts of climate change. Filmed over the course of a year and across 23 countries, the film documents the individual struggles of families in flight, from Afghanistan, Syria, Kenya, Mexico and beyond, all desperate to survive treacherous ocean crossings, hoping to find safe haven beyond the barbed-wire fence and the refugee camps.

“I’ve been roaming endlessly with my son for 60 days now,” says one woman in the film. “Nobody has shown us the way.”

In a recorded message, filmmaker Ai Weiwei states the importance of humanizing the catastrophe. “There is no refugee crisis,” he says, “but only a human crisis. We can see, in dealing with refugees, we lost our very basic values.”

“With Human Flow, Ai Weiwei brings the boldness, vision and compassion of his art to the human crisis of refugees,” said Charlie Foran, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, which runs 6 Degrees. “6 Degrees is proud to honour this great artist and citizen with the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship.”

6 Degrees Presents: Human Flow premieres at Isabel Bader Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance through 6DegreesTO.com. The film will show in select theatres October 20.

The film is the artist’s latest initiative in recent years to focus on migration. Other projects include a large refugee-themed installation in Prague, posing as drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi in Lesbos, and installing 14,000 orange life jackets onto columns of Berlin’s Konzerthaus.

For his strong, outspoken championing of the cause of immigrants, refugees, human rights and free expression, Ai Weiwei will be awarded the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship on Sept. 27, 2017 – the marquee event at 6 Degrees Citizen Space. The visionary artist will visit Canada for the first time and be on stage at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall to discuss his extraordinary life and work with the 26th Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

6 Degrees Presents and the Adrienne Clarkson Prize are two elements of the annual 6 Degrees Citizen Space, which takes place from September 25 to 27. Over three days and nights, thousands of participants will engage in a program that encompasses a dynamic lecture, dynamic conversations in the round (6 Degrees’ signature “360 sessions”), original research, youth-driven projects, artistic engagements, and a powerful Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) community citizenship ceremony. 6 Degrees is presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Joining ICC co-chairs Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul will be novelist Margaret Atwood, Cree artist Kent Monkman, German jurist and novelist Bernhard Schlink, U.K. journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge, Greek Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Yannis Behrakis, Palestinian co-founder of the Common Action Forum Wadah Khanfar, Dutch filmmaker Sunny Bergman, and many more.

For more information about 6 Degrees Citizen Space, read 6 Degrees press releases or explore the website. ­

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: Doors open: 6:30 pm; Screening: 7:00 pm
Location: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7
Tickets: Free; Must be reserved in advance – https://goo.gl/ifDFfC (SOLD OUT)

6 Degrees: 6 Degrees connects thinkers and doers to drive the global conversation on inclusion and citizenship. Critical to the success of 6 Degrees is our Founding Circle, the Expanding Circle 2017 and Presenting Partners RBC, City of Toronto, Air Canada and Ontario150. Merci profondément. 6degreesto.com

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship: The Institute for Canadian Citizenship inspires Canadians to be inclusive, embrace fresh thinking, practice active citizenship, and own our collective culture and spaces through innovative programs and special projects including: a unique approach to community citizenship ceremonies, the Cultural Access Pass, Ideas & Insights and 6 Degrees. icc-icc.ca

Elevation Pictures: Founded in 2013, with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has established itself as one of Canada’s leading film and television companies. Elevation’s team of seasoned production and distribution executives are committed to bringing an elevated and robust film and television slate to audiences.

 


Press release August 8, 2017 – 15th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture: Michael Sandel to deliver “Does Democracy Have a Future? Moral and Political Argument in the Age of Trump”

Download the PDF here.

Toronto – Does democracy have a certain future? In 2017, everyone seems to be asking this once unthinkable question. Not everyone, however, can address the crisis with the verve, originality and moral astringency of Michael Sandel.

Sandel has been described as a “rock-star moralist” (Newsweek), the “most relevant living philosopher” (Newsweek), and “most popular professor in the world” (Die Zeit). The renowned Harvard professor will bring into play his legendary skills of persuasion and his unique gifts as a convener of spontaneous town halls when he delivers the 15th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture on September 25 at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall in Toronto.

The lecture, taking place opening night of 6 Degrees Citizen Space, will mix provocation and inquiry to engage in one of his renowned Socratic conversations with the audience of 1000.

What ails democracy and what can be done about it? What accounts for the widespread anger and frustration with politics and political parties? Does populism reflect hostility to immigrants or a legitimate complaint against rising inequality and global capitalism? Titled Does Democracy Have a Future? Moral and Political Argument in the Age of Trump, this singular, thrilling hour-long experience will be followed by a conversation between Michael Sandel and John Ralston Saul, award-winning essayist and novelist.

“If Socrates were alive today, he would engage with people the way Michael Sandel does,” said Saul. “I’m sure he would love Sandel’s brilliant use of livestreaming and YouTube to ensure an inclusive, democratic method of philosophical and moral inquiry. Michael’s approach to public discourse must be seen to believed. And it has it been seen, over and over: his global appeal has packed venues across five continents, from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Sydney Opera House, to 14,000 people at an outdoor stadium in Seoul.”

“Justice,” Sandel’s legendary undergraduate course, was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where he was once named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.” Among his books are Democracy’s Discontent, Public Philosophy, and the best-sellers Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do and What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.

Since 2000, the LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture has gathered Canadians to reflect on democracy, citizenship and the public good. The series honours the leaders of Canada’s first democratic government, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. Past speakers have included George Erasmus, Beverley McLachlin, The Aga Khan, Louise Arbour, Robert Lepage, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, and Naheed Nenshi. Author and activist Naomi Klein delivered the 2016 lecture.

The LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, established by John Ralston Saul and hosted for the past decade by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), leads off the second annual 6 Degrees Citizen Space. From September 25 to 27, 6 Degrees Citizen Space will engage thousands of participants at 12 events in a unique program that encompasses a dynamic lecture, engaging conversations in the round (6 Degrees’ signature “360 sessions”), intimate exchanges, public celebrations, original research, youth-driven projects, artistic engagements, and an opportunity to experience the power of an ICC community citizenship ceremony.

Joining ICC co-chairs John Ralston Saul and The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson are novelist and poet Margaret Atwood, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Cree artist Kent Monkman, Egyptian/Canadian activist Omar Sharif Jr, former Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, German jurist and novelist Bernhard Schlink, U.K activist and novelist Reni Eddo-Lodge, Pulitzer Prize winning Greek photographer Yannis Behrakis, former director general of Al Jazeera Wadah Khanfar from Palestine, filmmaker Sunny Bergman from The Netherlands, and many more.
For more information about 6 Degrees Citizen Space, read our press releases or explore the website. ­

15th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture: Does Democracy Have a Future? Moral and Political Argument in the Age of Trump, with Michael Sandel in conversation with John Ralston Saul
Michael Sandel: For more information, visit justiceharvard.org/msbio2and justiceharvard.org.
John Ralston Saul: Award-winning essayist and novelist, and co-founder and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Saul proposes a new humanism through what he calls responsible individualism. His 14 works have been translated into 29 languages in 38 countries.
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:30-9:30 pm
Location: TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W, Toronto, Canada

6 Degrees: 6 Degrees connects thinkers and doers to drive the global conversation on inclusion and citizenship. Critical to the success of 6 Degrees are our champions, advocates, supporters, and friends, including Presenting Partners RBC, City of Toronto, Air Canada and Ontario150. Merci profondément. 6degreesto.com

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship: The Institute for Canadian Citizenship inspires Canadians to be inclusive, embrace fresh thinking, practice active citizenship, and own our collective culture and spaces through innovative programs and special projects including: a unique approach to community citizenship ceremonies, the Cultural Access Pass, Ideas & Insights and 6 Degrees. icc-icc.ca

 


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Press release July 29, 2017 – Ai Weiwei coming to Toronto to receive 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship

Toronto – 6 Degrees is pleased to announce that Ai Weiwei will be coming to Toronto to receive the 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship. The great Chinese artist and activist will accept the award on Wednesday, September 27, at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto. Among the most renowned and revered of living artists, Ai Weiwei’s remarkable career has been characterized by boldness, vision, daring, and a deep empathy for ordinary lives. His recent documentary, Human Flow, filmed in 23 countries, depicts the personal and political impact of the global refugee crisis.

As Canadians who saw his legendary exhibit “According to What?” at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2013 (during which he was forbidden to travel outside of China) will attest, he is a master at the use of multiple media to show audiences how to examine social and political values critically. Ai Weiwei is equally remarkable at issuing accessible, often large-scale aesthetic statements that resonate across cultures, languages, and continents.

As an activist, Ai Weiwei is no less visionary and engaged, both as a citizen of China and of the world. 6 Degrees is especially pleased to honour Ai Weiwei during a period in his career when he is focusing on refugees and migration.

The Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, established in 2016, is the marquee event at 6 Degrees. The prize is 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. Last year’s inaugural laureate was His Highness the Aga Khan.

“This is an important news story as it is only recently that he has been able to travel, establish his studio in Berlin, and bring his message of art expressing human freedom to all of us unencumbered,” says The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson. “I feel deeply as a Chinese person that, like the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire, ‘we have tried in our way to be free’ – I, as a part of an inadvertent diaspora, and he as a focal point for China’s modern history. He is profound, playful, and a truly world figure.”

Tickets for the event, which will include a conversation between the artist and Mme. Clarkson, are available at 6DegreesTO.com.

6 Degrees, presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship , connects thinkers and doers to drive the global conversation on inclusion and citizenship. From September 25-27, the second annual 6 Degrees Citizen Space will engage thousands of participants at 12 events over three days in a unique program that encompasses large-scale lectures, dynamic conversations in the round (the signature 6 Degrees “360 sessions”), intimate exchanges, public celebrations, original research, youth-driven projects, artistic engagements, and an opportunity to experience the power of an ICC community citizenship ceremony. 6 Degrees Citizen Space’s Presenting Partners for 2017 are RBC, the City of Toronto, Air Canada and Ontario150.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship inspires Canadians to be inclusive, embrace fresh thinking, practice active citizenship, and own our collective culture and spaces through innovative programs and special projects including: a unique approach to community citizenship ceremonies, the Cultural Access Pass, Ideas & Insights and 6 Degrees.

 


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July 29, 2017 – Ai Weiwei recevra à Toronto le Prix Adrienne Clarkson pour une Citoyenneté globale 2017

Toronto – 6 Degrés – Espace citoyen, présenté par l’Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne (ICC) est heureux d’annoncer que Ai Weiwei viendra recevoir à Toronto le Prix Adrienne Clarkson pour une Citoyenneté globale. Le grand artiste et activiste chinois acceptera cette récompense le mercredi 27 septembre au Koerner Hall, du Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, à Toronto. La carrière d’Ai Weiwei, l’un des artistes les plus connus et les plus appréciés, est caractérisée par son audace, sa vision, sa hardiesse et une empathie profonde face aux gens ordinaires. Human Flow, son documentaire récent tourné dans non moins de 23 pays, décrit l’impact personnel et politique de la crise globale des réfugiés.

Les Canadiens et Canadiennes qui ont pu visiter sa légendaire exposition According to what? au Musée des beaux arts de l’Ontario en 2013 (exposition où on a défendu à l’artiste de se rendre depuis la Chine)  peuvent attester qu’il est un maître des multimédias qui engagent les spectateurs à examiner d’une manière critique les valeurs sociales et politiques. Ai Weiwei est tout aussi remarquable quand il émet  des déclarations esthétiques de grande envergure qui témoignent de diverses cultures, diverses langues, divers continents.

Activiste, Ai Weiwei n’en est pas moins un visionnaire engagé, autant comme citoyen chinois que citoyen du monde. 6 Degrés est particulièrement honoré de rendre hommage à Ai Weiwei à un moment dans sa carrière où il concentre son attention sur les réfugiés et les flux migratoires.

Le Prix Adrienne Clarkson pour une Citoyenneté globale, établi en 2016, est le moment culminant de l’événement 6 Degrés. Le prix est attribué chaque année à une personnalité dont la vie reflète un engagement constant en faveur des idéaux d’appartenance et d’inclusion. Par ses mots, son action, par les résultats obtenus, cette personne a favorisé la réflexion et le dialogue et inspiré des approches et des stratégies qui cherchent à éliminer les barrières, à modifier les comportements et à développer les principes de tolérance et de respect. Le premier lauréat de ce prix, l’an dernier, a été son Altesse l’Aga Khan.

Au sujet d’Ai Weiwei, La très honorable Adrienne Clarkson rappelle que ‘ceci est une nouvelle importante puisque ce n’est que tout récemment qu’il a été autorisé à voyager, mettre en place un studio à Berlin, diffuser un message artistique sur la liberté humaine qui nous parvient directement.’ ‘En tant que Chinoise, j’ai le profond sentiment que, comme l’a écrit Leonard Cohen dans la chanson Bird on a Wire : ‘we have tried in our way to be free’ (nous avons à notre manière tenté d’être libres) – moi, car je suis issue d’une diaspora involontaire, et lui, comme figure centrale de l’histoire moderne de la Chine. C’est un homme à l’esprit profond, un homme enjoué et une vraie figure globale.’

Au cours de la soirée on entendra un échange entre l’artiste et Mme Clarkson.

6 Degrés rassemble ceux qui réfléchissent et ceux qui agissent afin de faire progresser le dialogue  global autour de l’inclusion et de la citoyenneté. Du 25 au 27 septembre, le deuxième 6 Degrés – Espace citoyen engagera des milliers de participants à l’occasion de 12 événements répartis sur trois jours, un programme qui inclura des conférences magistrales, des conversations en cercles restreints  (typiquement nommées ‘séances 360 de 6 degrés’), des échanges en petits comités, des manifestations publiques, de la recherche originale, des projets créés par des jeunes, des représentations artistiques et la chance de participer à une  cérémonie communautaire de citoyenneté, caractéristique de l’ICC.

L’Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne amène les Canadiens et Canadiennes à choisir l’inclusion, à accepter les idées nouvelles, à vivre une citoyenneté active et à prendre en charge notre culture collective et nos espaces, grâce à des programmes novateurs et à des projets spéciaux incluant un volet communautaire singulier pour les cérémonies de citoyenneté, un Laissez-passer culturel, le programme Perspectives ICC et 6 Degrés.

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Biographie de Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei est renommé pour ses puissantes déclarations esthétiques qui ont un écho majeur dans la géopolitique de la planète entière. De l’architecture aux installations, des médias sociaux aux documentaires, Ai exploite une multitude de véhicules pour amener ses auditoires à recourir à de nouvelles façons d’examiner la société et ses valeurs. Parmi ses expositions récentes, on compte : Maybe, Maybe Not au Musée d’Israël, à Jérusalem; Law of the Journey, à la Galerie nationale de Prague; Ai Weiwei. Libero au Palazzo Strozzi, à Florence;  #SafePassage, au Foam d’Amsterdam; translocation – transformation, au 21er Haus, à Vienne; Ai Weiwei, à la Royal Academy of Arts de Londres; et @Large : Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, à San Francisco. Ai est né à Pékin en 1957 et réside et travaille présentement tant à Pékin qu’à Berlin. Il est professeur invité de la Chaire Einstein de l’Université berlinoise des arts (UdK) et a reçu en 2015 le titre d’Ambassadeur de la conscience d’Amnistie Internationale ainsi que le prix Vaclav Havel en 2012 pour la Dissidence créative  de la Fondation pour les Droits de la Personne.

 

 


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Press release July 13, 2017 – 6 Degrees Citizen Space 2017 launches
Build a wall, create a bridge, or make a home? 

Download the pdf here.

Toronto – One year ago, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) invited the world to come to 6 Degrees Citizen Space. And, the world came – 5,000 people from 28 countries – answering the call for a safe debate on inclusion and belonging. These are people who believe that we matter to one another. This September 25 to 27, the second 6 Degrees Citizen Space will go further with the conversation the world needs.

“6 Degrees is designed to start conversations which can be turned into action when it comes to diversity and belonging. We hope that this energy will carry on in the many parts of the world from which the participants have come,” said The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, co-founder and co-chair of the ICC. “Canada is the right place to turn these conversations into actions. This happened in 2016 and the energy will be even greater this autumn.”

6 Degrees is a global initiative which began in Toronto in September 2016. It has grown so fast that already in 2017 there have been major 6 Degrees gatherings in The Hague and in Vancouver. It continues to grow through dynamic web and social media channels.

“This is not an isolated annual event. The crisis around these issues of immigration, refugees, citizenship, belonging, and diversity has created a situation which must be addressed by all of us every day,” said John Ralston Saul, co-founder and co-chair of the ICC. “6 Degrees – through its multiple events, its policy research, and its partnerships around the world –  is the reality designed to address today’s situation.”

From September 25 to 27, the second annual 6 Degrees Citizen Space will ignite 5,000 participants at 12 events over three days in a unique program that encompasses large-scale lectures, dynamic conversations in the round (the signature 6 Degrees “360 sessions”), intimate exchanges, public celebrations, original research, youth-driven projects, artistic engagements, and an opportunity to experience the power of an ICC community citizenship ceremony. During the 360 sessions, speakers will frame important and urgent conversations on a round central stage, with the ongoing shaping of the conversation by the audience. The three 360 discussions (focused around the themes of Walls, Bridges, and Homes) will be punctuated with smaller group exchanges focused on relevant topics ranging from the power of the image (film and photography) in inciting action, sanctuary cities, the state of social activism in Quebec, the role that art can play in shaping the immigration situation, the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and immigrants, the situation of statelessness in Latin America and Europe, new ideas of democracy.  All of this will culminate in the final Open Forum.

In a world which is looking for answers and models for immigration, inclusion, and citizenship, Toronto, with over half its citizens born in other countries, is the right place to welcome people for these discussions and policy developments.

“What is so original about 6 Degrees is that it combines two very different initiatives. First there is the annual gathering of thousands of people in Toronto, who come to connect and to think of how they can make meaningful change. This is followed by 12 months of intense meetings, studies, and activities linking together a new international network of concerned people,” said the ICC’s CEO Charlie Foran.

The initial lineup includes:

  • Margaret Atwood, Award-winning author, poet, and essayist (Canada);
  • Kent Monkman, Artist & activist of Cree ancestry (Canada);
  • Omar Sharif Jr., Actor, activist & ambassador for the Human Rights Foundation (Canada/Egypt/USA);
  • Yannis Behrakis, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist & Senior Editor at Thomson Reuters (Greece);
  • Wadah Khanfar, President of Al Sharq Forum & former Director General of Al Jazeera (Palestine);
  • Bernhard Schlink, Jurist & award-winning author of The Reader (Germany);
  • Reni Eddo-Lodge, Author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (UK);
  • Niigaan Sinclair, International commentator on Indigenous issues (Canada);
  • The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada & Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the     Institute for Canadian Citizenship (Canada); and
  • John Ralston Saul, Award-winning essayist and novelist, President Emeritus of PEN International & Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (Canada).

Many more participants will be announced throughout the summer.

These announcements will include the 15th LaFontaine-Baldwin lecturer, which was given in 2016 by Naomi Klein.  And finally the recipient of the 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship will be announced. Last year the prize recipient was His Highness the Aga Khan.

Media are invited to all 6 Degrees Citizen Space events and may email Deena Douara (below) to RSVP and/or sign up for media announcements.

What to expect: The freshest insights and ideas on worldwide efforts to create truly inclusive societies.
Dates: September 25-27, 2017
Schedule
Themes: 
Walls, Bridges, Homes
Events: Community Citizenship Ceremony, 360s, Fundraising Luncheon, Exchanges, Open Forum, 15th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship
Tickets
Must watch: 6 Degrees 2017 Teaser Video ; 6 Degrees 2016 Recap Video

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship inspires Canadians to be inclusive, embrace fresh thinking, practice active citizenship, and own our collective culture and spaces through innovative programs and special projects including: a unique approach to community citizenship ceremonies, the Cultural Access Pass©, Ideas & Insights, Ahlan Canada, and 6 Degrees. 

6 Degrees connects thinkers and doers to drive the global conversation on inclusion and citizenship. Critical to the success of 6 Degrees are our champions, advocates, supporters, and friends, including Presenting Partners RBC, City of Toronto, Air Canada and Ontario150. Merci profondément. 6degreesto.com

 


Communiqué: Ériger un mur, construire un pont ou bâtir un foyer? Tels sont les choix qui se posent aujourd’hui.

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Toronto, le 13 juillet 2017 – Il y a un an, l’Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne (ICC) a convié le monde à son Espace citoyen 6 Degrés. Et le monde – 5 000 personnes de 28 pays – a accepté de participer à un débat sécuritaire sur l’inclusion et l’appartenance. Des gens convaincus que nous comptons les uns pour les autres. Du 25 au 27 septembre, le deuxième Espace citoyen 6 Degrés va poursuivre la conversation dont le monde a besoin.

« 6 Degrés vise à lancer des discussions qui peuvent déboucher sur des actes dès lors qu’il est question de diversité et d’appartenance. Nous espérons que cette énergie se transmettra à toutes les régions du monde d’où proviennent les participants, a déclaré la très honorable Adrienne Clarkson, cofondatrice et coprésidente de l’ICC. Le Canada est l’endroit tout désigné pour que ces conversations se traduisent en gestes concrets. Cela a été le cas en 2016 et il va y avoir encore plus d’énergie cet automne. »

6 Degrés est une initiative mondiale qui a vu le jour à Toronto en septembre 2016. Son essor a été à ce point fulgurant qu’il y a déjà eu en 2017 deux grands rassemblements 6 Degrés à La Haye et à Vancouver. Et l’expansion se poursuit grâce au dynamisme du Web et des réseaux sociaux.

« Il ne s’agit pas d’un rendez-vous annuel isolé. La crise à propos de l’immigration, des réfugiés, de la citoyenneté, de l’appartenance et de la diversité a créé une situation qui nous oblige tous à réagir au quotidien, a indiqué John Ralston Saul, cofondateur et coprésident de l’ICC. Espace citoyen 6 Degrés – avec ses nombreux événements, ses études sur les politiques et ses partenariats internationaux – est la solution concrète à la réalité d’aujourd’hui. »

Du 25 au 27 septembre, le deuxième Espace citoyen annuel 6 Degrés va enflammer 5 000 participants lors des 12 événements organisés pendant ce programme unique de trois jours, qui comprend de grandes conférences, des tours de table dynamiques (les séances à 360 exclusives à 6 Degrés), des échanges intimes, des célébrations publiques, une étude originale, des projets menés par des jeunes, des prestations artistiques et une occasion de découvrir l’impact d’une cérémonie de citoyenneté communautaire  de l’ICC. Pendant les séances à 360, les conférenciers vont animer des discussions importantes et urgentes sur une scène centrale circulaire, et l’auditoire orientera continuellement la conversation. Les trois débats (sur les thèmes des murs, des ponts et des foyers) seront ponctués d’échanges en petits groupes sur des sujets pertinents comme le pouvoir de l’image (film et photographie), l’incitation à agir, les villes sanctuaires, l’état de l’activisme social au Québec, le rôle que l’art peut jouer pour façonner la réalité de l’immigration, les relations entre les Autochtones et les immigrants, la situation des apatrides en Amérique latine et en Europe, et les nouvelles idées de la démocratie. Tout cela culmine avec la tribune libre de la fin.

Dans un monde en quête de réponses et de modèles pour l’immigration, l’inclusion et la citoyenneté, Toronto, dont plus de la moitié des habitants sont nés à l’étranger, est le bon endroit pour tenir ces discussions et élaborer des politiques.

« 6 Degrés doit son originalité au fait qu’il combine deux initiatives très différentes. Il y a tout d’abord le rassemblement annuel de milliers de personnes à Toronto, qui viennent établir des contacts et réfléchir à la façon dont elles peuvent vraiment changer les choses, a expliqué Charlie Foran, chef de la direction de l’ICC. Cela est suivi de 12 mois de réunions, d’études et d’activités intenses auxquelles prend part un nouveau réseau international de gens mobilisés. »

Voici les premiers participants :

  • Margaret Atwood, auteure, poète et essayiste primée (Canada);
  • Kent Monkman, artiste et activiste de descendance crie (Canada);
  • Omar Sharif Jr., acteur, activiste et ambassadeur de la Human Rights Foundation (Canada/Égypte/États-Unis);
  • Yannis Behrakis, photojournaliste lauréat du prix Pulitzer et rédacteur en chef chez Thomson Reuters (Grèce);
  • Wadah Khanfar, président de l’Al Sharq Forum et ancien directeur général d’Al Jazeera (Palestine);
  • Bernhard Schlink, juriste et auteur primé de The Reader (Allemagne);
  • Reni Eddo-Lodge, auteure de Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Royaume-Uni);
  • Niigaan Sinclair, commentateur international des questions autochtones (Canada);
  • La très honorable Adrienne Clarkson, 26e gouverneure générale du Canada et cofondatrice et coprésidente de l’Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne (Canada);
  • John Ralston Saul, essayiste et romancier primé, président émérite de PEN International et cofondateur et coprésident de l’Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne (Canada).

Beaucoup d’autres vont s’ajouter et seront annoncés tout au long de l’été.

Il y aura notamment le 15e conférencier LaFontaine-Baldwin, un rôle que Naomi Klein a rempli en 2016, et enfin le lauréat du Prix Adrienne Clarkson pour une Citoyenneté globale, distinction qui a été remise l’an dernier à Son Altesse l’Aga Khan.
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Les médias sont invités à tous les événements de l’Espace citoyen 6 Degrés et peuvent envoyer leur réponse par courriel à Deena (ci-dessous) et/ou s’inscrire aux avis aux médias.

À quoi s’attendre : des perspectives et idées nouvelles sur les efforts déployés dans le monde pour créer des sociétés vraiment inclusives.

Dates : 25-27 septembre 2017
ÉvénementsCérémonie de citoyenneté communautaire; 360 : Murs; Échanges; 360 : Foyer; Déjeuner des leaders; 360 : Ponts; Tribune ouverte; 15e conférence LaFontaine-Baldwin; Prix Adrienne Clarkson pour une Citoyenneté globale
À voirBande-annonce de 6 Degrés 2017Vidéo récapitulative de 6 Degrés 2016

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