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This issue of Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes ethniques au Canada is a departure from previous issues in several ways. First, it is a special issue including articles and other materials which began as presentations at the nineteenth biennial conference of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association/La societe canadienne d'etudes ethniques, which took place in Winnipeg, September 27-30, 2007. Second, this issue contains material on ethnicity from an international perspective.

Previous CESA/SCEE conferences have had international representation in the form of participants from other countries besides Canada, but the topics of their presentations were Canadian-oriented or dealt with other countries only in comparison to Canada. The nineteenth biennial conference of CESA/SCEE differed from preceding conferences in that it sought to discuss issues in a global context as reflected in the conference theme--Ethnicity, Civil Society, and Public Policy: Engaging Cultures in a Globalizing World.

The organizers of the conference were responding to the pressing issues of governance and ethnic and minority inclusion in a globalizing world. Virtually every national jurisdiction in the world is having to deal with these issues, although the specific manner in which each country deals with them may differ. We are witnessing Australia dealing with these issues. A newly-independent Ukraine is learning to deal with them. Since the conference, we have witnessed how the Kosovars are dealing with them. We, participants in the conference, were privileged to hear from presenters who were not only experts in this field in an academic sense, but, in several cases, were participants in the process of seeking ethnic and minority inclusion in jurisdictions throughout the world. Their expertise and experiences served to clarify our thinking not only in regard to ethnic inclusion in the global context, but also in regard to the implications for Canada. We hope that the insights gained will enable us to ensure that ethnic and minority inclusion is fully achieved in Canada.

The two plenary sessions dealing with these issues--"Ethnic Inclusion and Governance" and "Ethnicity, Civil Society, and Public Policy"--were sponsored and funded, respectively, by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) through the Glyn Berry Peace and Security Fund. Summaries of these sessions constitute the first part of this issue ("Discussion Papers"), which also includes the comments of one of the presenters.

The balance of the issue consists of peer-reviewed papers, several of which began as presentations at the conference. The papers cover a wide spectrum since it is the policy of CESA/SCEE to include as broad a range of topics in its conferences as possible. On behalf of the journal and personally, I wish to thank all those who submitted papers for this special issue; all underwent the same scrutiny as do all the submissions to the journal. I am especially pleased by the number of graduate students who presented papers at the conference and whose subsequent articles were judged suitable for publication.

Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes ethniques au Canada gratefully acknowledges the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts Endowment Fund for assisting in funding this special issue.

Ce numero de Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes ethniques au Canada se differencie de plusieurs manieres des numeros precedents. Premierement, c'est un numero special qui inclut des articles et d' autres ecrits correspondant a des communications donnees a la dix-neuvieme conference bisannuelle de la Canadian Ethnic Studies Association/Societe canadienne d'etudes ethniques, qui a eu lieu du 27 au 30 septembre 2007 a Winnipeg. Deuxiemement, ce numero contient aussi des ecrits sur l'ethnicite d'un point de vue international.

Les conferences precedentes de la CESA/SCEE ont eu une representation internationale sous forme de participants canadiens et etrangers, mais les sujets de leurs communications etaient axes soit sur le Canada, et soit sur d'autres pays, mais seulement a titre de comparaison. La dix-neuvieme conference bisannuelle de la CESA/SCEE differe des precedentes en ce qu'elle a ouvert une discussion des problemes abordes dans un contexte global ainsi que le refletait son theme--Ethnicite, societe civile et politique publique generale : faire entrer les cultures dans un monde en cours de mondialisation.

Les organisateurs de la conference repondaient aux questions pressantes de gouvernance et d'inclusion des groupes ethniques et minoritaires dans un monde en cours de mondialisation. Pratiquement toutes les juridictions nationales du globe doivent faire face a ces questions, bien que la maniere specifique avec laquelle chaque pays s'y attaque peut etre differente. Nous sommes temoins que l'Australie est confrontee a ces problemes. Une Ukraine nouvellement independante est en train d'apprendre a les voir surgir. Depuis la conference, nous avons ete temoins de la facon dont les Kosavars traitent cette question. Ceux qui, comme nous, ont suivi la conference, ont eu le privilege d'ecouter les contributions de specialistes qui n'etaient pas seulement des experts universitaires dans ce domaine, mais qui, dans plusieurs cas, faisaient partie du processus tentant d'inclure les groupes ethniques et minoritaires dans leurs juridictions respectives sur toute la planete. Leur expertise et leur experience a servi a clarifier notre reflexion, non seulement en ce qui concerne l'inclusion ethnique dans un contexte global, mais aussi quant aux implications qui en ressortent pour le Canada. Nous esperons que, a la lumiere de ce que nous y avons appris, nous saurons inclure completement et definitivement nos groupes ethniques et minoritaires au Canada.

L'Agence canadienne de developpement international (ACDI) ainsi que le ministere des Affaires etrangeres et du Commerce international (MAECI) ont tous deux parraine et finance les deux sessions plenieres qui ont traite de ces problemes--<<Inclusion ethnique et gouvernance>> et <<Ethnicite, societe civile et politique publique generale>>--par Fonds Paix et Securite Glyn Berry. Les resumes de ces sessions constituent la premiere partie de ce numero (<<rapports de discussion>>), y inclus les commentaires d'un des conferenciers.

Le reste de ce numero est compose d'articles revus par des pairs, dont plusieurs proviennent de communications presentees a la conference. Ces articles sont d'une grande variete, etant donne que la politique de la CESA/SCEE est d'inclure dans ce genre d'evenements un choix de sujets aussi large que possible. Au nom de la revue et personnellement, je voudrais remercier tous ceux qui ont soumis leurs articles pour participer a ce numero special. Ils ont tous ete examines avec la meme minutie que toutes nos autres contributions. Je suis particulierement heureuse du nombre de doctorants qui ont presente une communication a la conference et dont les articles qui en ont decoule ont ete juges publiables.

Les Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes ethniques au Canada expriment leur reconnaissance a l'Agence canadienne de developpement international (ACDI) et au Fonds de la fondation de la faculte des Arts de l'Universite du Manitoba pour avoir aide au financement de ce numero special.
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Date:Sep 22, 2007
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