Not all of us are affected by the pandemic in the same way. Some groups are facing the dangers of the virus while, at the same time, contending with ongoing threats such as police brutality or ethnic cleansing. To better understand the challenges faced by others during the pandemic, the Centre's new digital initiative, Pluralism and the Pandemic, presents curated analyses and conversations about the impacts of the pandemic from the perspective of pluralism.
Contributors include educators, activists and business leaders. Each reflects on the inequalities that have been revealed in their sector due to the pandemic and the critical lessons emerging for their work. The contributors include the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada, on Canada’s role during the pandemic, and Nitin Pai, cofounder of the Takshashila Institution, on the rise of hatred and discrimination in India during the pandemic. Contributions include:
- The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada, on Canada’s role on the global stage post pandemic
- Albie Sachs, South African freedom fighter and former judge, offers a personal reflection on lockdown and the challenges for South Africa’s future
- Rose LeMay, CEO of the Indigenous Reconciliation Group, on the impacts of the pandemic on Indigenous communities and the importance of collecting race-based data during crises like COVID-19
- Antonio Zappulla, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation, on the dangers of conspiracy theories, propaganda, and media extinction during the pandemic
- Nitin Pai, co-founder of the research centre, Takshashila Institution, on the rise of hatred and discrimination in India during the pandemic
- Nicole Fournier-Sylvester, Global Centre for Pluralism’s Education Manager, on using pluralism as a lens to think about digital citizenship education in the context of the pandemic.
Founded in Ottawa by His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Global Centre for Pluralism was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies. Through research, education and knowledge exchange, the Centre works to – among other things -- exchange knowledge and learning about the policies and practices that support pluralism and build awareness of the benefits of inclusive societies.
For more information, please see the portal: https://www.pluralism.ca/portal/