Jack: I've thought somemore about your question and I'm reminded of a
couple of things. First, we Canadians are pretty sure that racism is
primarily a US concern, not much practiced here in the great white
north, so we don't really need affirmative action. This brings to mind
the case of an extraordinary young Inuit woman who was admitted to
McGill this year only after a concerted effort by many people who
explained to the University that their regular standards could hardly be
expected to measure the worth or potential of this remarkable person who
has worked as a social worker in the ravaged (but healing) villages in
arctic Quebec. Reluctantly, she was admitted, and given almost no
assistance at all and held to the same requirements as all the
well-trained students who came into McGill from via the regular routes.
We do not have national programs in affirmative action, and though the
education system in the north is slowly but surely staffing schools with
teachers who have Inuktitut as their first language (with similar gains
being made where there are sufficient numbers of First Nations people),
we have done an abysmal job of creating conditions under which a
productive collaboration might occur between European and indigenous
cultures. (Ann Beer might be able to speak to this, she's been in
Iqualuit recently). And we have a growing population of very disaffected
people from the Caribbean area who are given no equal treatment, much
less an "edge" up through any sort of affirmative action. But I am not
certain of our national standards here, or even our university
standards. McGill makes no effort to bring anyone but the "best"
students, although i believe some effort was made to increase the number
of women in Engineering. Anyone else out there with any info on this?
<<< Jack Selzer <[log in to unmask]> 5/15 9:05a >>>
Right on, Anthony.
Incidentally, some of us south of the border are pretty ignorant--i.e.,
me. Could you answer a question for me? Is affirmative action the law
of the land in Canada?
At 8:05 AM 5/15/98 -0500, Eric Crump wrote: >Right, Anthony. And that's
pretty much why I forwarded the news about US >legislation to a Canadian
forum. Didn't mean to offend anyone, but I did >mean to imply that the
issues being dealt with by US politicians are >relevant for all and that
what the US Congress does might have some >influence elsewhere (whether
we like it or not, it does; and many US >citizens aren't any happier
about that fact than you are ;) > >A head's up, was all it was. An
attempt to let ya know what's afoot down >here, fwiw. > >--Eric Crump
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