Speaker Series – President FW de Klerk

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Speaker Series – President FW de Klerk

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On June 14th, we are very excited to be welcoming Nobel Peace Prize winner President FW de Klerk from South Africa. During his presidency from September 1989 until May 1994, FW de Klerk dismantled apartheid and initiated and presided over the inclusive negotiations that led to the adoption of South Africa’s first fully democratic Constitution in December 1993. Also in 1993, together with Nelson Mandela, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. After the election on 27 April 1994, Mr De Klerk served as one of South Africa’s two Executive Deputy Presidents until 1996, when his party withdrew from the Government of National Unity. He retired from active politics in September 1997. In 1999 he published his autobiography, “The Last Trek – A New Beginning”.

With the increasing movement of peoples all countries are becoming more multicultural. This trend will accelerate with
globalization and the increased flow of economic and political refugees – and this will confront once homogeneous societies
with the new challenge of managing relations between peoples with differing cultures and religions (as we are seeing in
Europe right now).

There are two sources of multiculturalism: multiculturalism resulting from the fact that present states have since their inception
encompassed different peoples (as is the case with Canada’s indigenous peoples). The other form of multiculturalism arises
from the voluntary immigration of individuals into the receiving country. Whereas the latter might be required to adopt the
language and values of the receiving states, the former have aboriginal rights that are recognized by international conventions.
The challenge of our time will be nurture and develop the cultural and linguistic identities of peoples throughout the world
(there are about 6000 language communities throughout the world – but half of these are expected to disappear by the end of
this century). We must do this because of the need to preserve the richness of our global heritage of cultural and linguistic
diversity – which makes the world a much more interesting place – and because the rights to practice one’s culture and use
one’s language are intimately linked with the foundational rights to human dignity and are amongst the most important of all
human rights.

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June 14
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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