150 years of the Canadian Constitution: Regionalism, Federalism, Identity and Governance

Country: Canada

City: Charlottetown

Abstr. due: 15.09.2014

Dates: 21.11.14 — 22.11.14

Area Of Sciences: Political science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: james.ondrick@acs-aec.ca

Organizers: Association for Canadian Studies (ACS)


Over a century Canada’s constitutional debates have had profound impact on the country’s legislative framework, intergovernmental relations and identity. 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the British North America Act and the enactment of Confederation. Across the 150 years of its existence, Canada has encountered its share of challenges to its cohesion and governance. Expressions of regional identity have profoundly marked the country's evolution. Regional affirmation has taken different forms over time. The Canada of today likely little resembles what its architects envisioned. The annual conference is launching the First Edition of Canada 150 Conference Series in one of the places it all began, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The ACS will look at the state of the Federation over 150 years with a focus on regionalism and regional identities, cultural identities, federalism and governance. Policy-makers, academics, researchers, legal experts and professionals from all disciplines are invited to submit individual proposals or group workshops to the conference organizing committee on one of the following themes


·         What was the nature of the Confederation arrangement: A Pact Between Provinces, Cultural Groups, Language Groups and/or Religious Groups? 

·         How has the meaning of the Act/Pact of 1867 evolved on the basis of identities and governance?

·         Is this notion of founders of Canada relevant and, if so, in what way?

·         Is the Canada of today what its architects would have expected?

·         How have regional identities evolved over the course of our history?

·         How have debates around identity been reflected from a regional standpoint?

·         How does the Canadian experience of regionalism compare with that of other countries?


These are amongst the questions we propose to address in the ACS annual conference. Note that the conference will be held within the framework of a national conference on the teaching and communicating the history of Canada entitled (Re) Making Confederation: (Re) Imagining Canada being held at the same venue.  A preliminary program and additional Information regarding this national conference is posted at www.acs-aec.ca

Conference Web-Site: http://www.acs-aec.ca/en/events/acs-annual-conference/150-years-of-the-canadian-constitution-regionalism-federalism-identity-governance/

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