Interculturalism and the Question of National Identity in Québec
The institution of policies of interculturalism has coincided with, and revealed the complexity of an attempt to develop a civic conception of the Québéc nation. Since the early 1990s a series of controversies related to the integration of migrants has led to a renewed concern about what the inclusion of migrants into a reconfigured sense of nation means for a national project. While some nationalists have argued that interculturalism undermines the particular identity of the Quebec nation through de-ethnicisation and what they consider a reduction of Quebec identity to one based solely on language, others argue that interculturalism fails to provide a means for genuine integration and belonging, as it is founded upon the history and values of a particular ethnic group. It is this relationship between interculturalism and nationalism that this paper will examine.