Radio Tadamon! Racism & "Reasonable Accommodation" in Quebec.
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* Radio Tadamon! Racism & "Reasonable Accommodation" in Quebec.
Listen to an interview with Nazila Bettache of No One is Illegal Montreal on
"Reasonable Accommodation" in Quebec. A governmental commission began last week
in Canada, on the growing racism faced in Quebec by immigrants.
Immigrants in Quebec have faced a growing political storm throughout the past
year, as a Provincial debate on what is referred to as "reasonable
accommodation" has attracted international headlines.
A series of public hearings will occur throughout the coming months in Quebec,
as part of the state commission lead by two Quebec academics who are not new
immigrants. These government initiated take place within the context of growing
racism toward new immigrants in Quebec, a pattern of racism directly targeting
the Arab / Muslim community.
"Using the term accommodation simply put really, sort of implies to me a
hierarchy of identities, where by, the identity the one that has been framed in
the mainstream media as the so-called Quebcoies national identity," explains
Bettache within the interview.
Debate on immigration in Quebec reached extremes in the past year, when the
rural town of Herouxville passed a resolution which demanded that "new
arrivals, abandon the way of life from their countries of origin, as it cannot
be recreated" in Quebec. Civil liberties groups throughout Canada slammed the
resolution as racist.
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