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Ukrainian Canadians and Regional Federalism

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

The fifth Institute seminar of the 1977-78 academic year was held on December 1. Dr. Manoly Lupul spoke on " Ukrainian Canadians and Regional Federalism."

In his presentation the speaker analyzed the linguistic-cultural situation in Canada, with emphasis on Quebec, and rejected both separation and the present federal arrangement as viable options for that province. Dr. Lupul put forward a new concept, regional federalism, whereby the regions of Canada would institute language policies in accordance with the ethnocultural character of their population.

In Quebec French must become the sole language of communication and Dr. Lupul criticized the powerful Anglophone minority in Quebec for its reluctance to learn French. The resulting "one-way' bilingualism, forced the Francophone majority to learn the language of the minority —English— in order to survive in a predominantly Anglophone economic community. Tensions would ease considerably if Anglophones were to use the language of the Francophone majority. Most Quebecers would still require a knowledge of English to survive on the North American continent, while the non-Anglo-Celtic and non-French ethnic groups would have to become trilingual in order to preserve their identity.

Ethnic groups in other provinces, however, should be better accommodated within the policy of official bilingualism, and should be allowed to further their cultural and linguistic aspirations. In the Prairie provinces, for example, the larger groups, such as the Ukrainians or Germans, should have access to their native language in education as exemplified by the Ukrainian-English bilingual program in Edmonton, a permanent feature of Alberta's school system.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 2 (Winter 1977)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: December 1, 1977
Contributor: Manoly Lupul
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette

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CIUS, “Ukrainian Canadians and Regional Federalism,” CIUS-Archives, accessed October 25, 2020, https://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1948.
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