The Role of Intercultural Cities
Intercultural dynamics are a living part of individuals’ lives and the societies in which they live. Cities are at the centre of this process. A global portrait of ethnocultural diversity in Montreal will shed light on the challenges that are faced by those involved in intercultural policy and practice. After presenting some demographic material about diversity in Montreal, I will explore several factors that lead to the discrimination of ethnic and visible minorities. An analysis of the different roles and responsibilities of municipal administrations (service provider, mediator, facilitator, employer) will precede a series of local examples in order to reflect upon the links between public policy and intercultural practice in the increasingly diversified urban environments.