Home and Native Land

Home and Native Land

Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada

Edited by May Chazan, Lisa Helps, Anna Stanley and Sonali Thakkar


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Home and Native Land takes its vastly important topic and places it under a new, penetrating light–shifting focus from the present grounds of debate onto a more critical terrain.

The book’s articles, by some of the foremost critical thinkers and activists on issues of difference, diversity, and Canadian policy, challenge sedimented thinking on the subject of multiculturalism. Not merely “another book” on race relations, national identity, or the post 9-11 security environment, this collection forges new and innovative connections by examining how multiculturalism relates to issues of migration, security, labour, environment, nature, and land. These novel pairings illustrate the continued power, limitations, and, at times, destructiveness of multiculturalism, both as policy and as discourse.


A critical collection that makes a significant contribution to current discussions about multiculturalism as policy and discourse in Canada. This book develops the important idea that the organization of difference and belonging in Canada is an ongoing colonial project that requires the regulation of indigenous peoples, lands, and racialized others under a national narrative of white settler multiculturalism.

– Eve Haque, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University

This book compels readers to interrogate the regulatory forces of multiculturalism from various historical and contemporary, activist, disciplinary, and theoretical lenses. It invites and provokes readers to consider alternatives to current hegemonies, and should be read by both critics and supporters of multiculturalism.

– Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Department of Philosophy & Political Science, University of the Fraser Valley, and author of Identity/Difference Politics

With “multiculturalism”–in its official and popular forms–having become hotly contested in the post 9/11 world, the practices this discourse engenders will be the site of intense struggles over the meaning of race, diversity, terror and poverty. Drawing attention to the critical role multiculturalism has played in the global rise of neo-liberalism, this book provides valuable insights into some of the most controversial debates that are set to shape the foreseeable future.

– Sunera Thoban, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC, and author of Exalted Subjects: Studies In the Making of Race and Nation in Canada


Introduction Labours, Lands, Bodies
May Chazan, Lisa Helps, Anna Stanley, and Sonali Thakkar
Part I Unsettling Multiculturalism
Chapter 1 Disgraceful: Intellectual Dishonesty, White anxieties, and Multicultural Critique Thirty-Six Years Later
Rinaldo Walcott
Chapter 2 Subjects of Empire: Indigenous Peoples and the "Politics of Recognition" in Canada
Glen S. Coulthard
Chapter 3 For a Multicultural, Multi-Faith, Multiracial Canada: A Manifesto
George Elliott Clarke
Chapter 4 Hegemonies, Continuities and Discontinuities of Multiculturalism and the Anglo-Franco Conformity Order
Grace-Edward Galabuzi
Part II Labours
Chapter 5 Canadian Multiculturalism and its Nationalisms
Nandita Sharma
Chapter 6 Multiculturalism Already Unbound
Margaret Walton-Roberts
Part III Lands
Chapter 7 Recognition Politics and Reconciliation Fantasies: Liberal Multiculturalism and the "Indian Land Question"
Brian Egan
Chapter 8 Reconciliation with Indigenous Ghosts: On the Politics of Postcolonial Ghost Stories
Emilie Cameron
Part IV Bodies
Chapter 9 Resurfacing Landscapes of Trauma: Multiculturalism, Cemeteries, and the Migrant Body, 1875 Onwards
Laurie K. Bertram
Chapter 10 Mere "Song and Dance": Complicating the Multicultural Imperative in the Arts
Natasha Bakht
Chapter 11 The Colour of Poverty
Uzma Shakir