Canada and the Challenge of Inclusion

Anne Phillips

in The Politics of Presence

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294153
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600098 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Canada and the Challenge of Inclusion

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Canadian politics has thrown up a complex set of issues relating to political inclusion. These include the challenge of Quebec nationalism, the self‐government claims of the First Nations and other aboriginal peoples, and the impact of more recent waves of migration in generating a multiethnic, multicultural society. A politics of presence is less obviously helpful in addressing the concerns of aboriginal self‐government or the claims of Quebec to be recognized as a ‘distinct society’. However, the importance of political presence is confirmed in the relationship of nationalism and feminism in Quebec, where the vigorous mobilization of women kept gender equality on the political agenda.

Keywords: aboriginal self‐government; Canada; feminism; First Nations; migration; multiculturalism; political inclusion; political presence; Quebec nationalism; women

Chapter.  11243 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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