Creating space for transformative conversations
Participant at dialogue with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada Bridges that Unite Exhibit in Kitchener-Waterloo. (April 27, 2009)

The Nine New Realities:
Issues Facing Canada in the International Arena

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Before the deliberative regional dialogues were held, Canada’s World conducted preliminary research on the new realities facing Canada in the international arena, which included:

  • an online dialogue in the Canada’s World Facebook group;
  • 14 roundtable sessions;
  • interviews with over 200 Canadians;
  • and, a poll of Canadian attitudes towards international policy, led by Environics.

Based on the research, the Canada's World Advisory Committee selected nine new realities — issues that will define Canada’s role in the world in the next 10 to 15 years — as themes to focus the citizens' dialogues.

Discussion Guides

In order to provide dialogue participants with the tools to discuss these topics, the cross-Canada team produced discussion guides on each of the following nine new realities:

1.     Climate Change / Changements Climatiques

2.     The Communications Revolution / Révolution des Communications

3.     Conflict is Changing / Conflits en Changement

4.     Global Inequality / Inégalités Globales

5.     Rising Powers / Puissances Emergeantes

6.     International Law / Droit International

7.     Indigenous Rights / Droits des Autochtones

8.     Diversity Matters / Importance de la Diversité

9.     The Power of Cities / Pouvoir des Villes