Inclusion and the Nature of the Human: A Canadian perspective

Prof. Dr. John Valk | CA

The questions that lie behind all matters related to inclusion have essentially to do with the nature of the human, what it means to be community, and who do we include or exclude in the societies we create.

This presentation seeks to address these questions from a Canadian perspective. Canada, the 5th most pleasant country in the world in which to live according to a recent UN study, is multicultural, has three founding nations (First Nations, French, British), exhibits unity within diversity, strives for consensus, and emphasizes belonging and individual and group contributions.

By its nature it is an inclusive society, though far from perfect. How did Canada get there and what are the implications for Inclusive Education?