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Media Advisory - Gathering on Common Ground: Building Harmony through Diversity in Canada and India

Friday, June 23, 2017

KINGSTON – Gathering on Common Ground: Building Harmony through Diversity is being held at Queen’s University. The objective of the conference is to build on existing Canadian and Indian practices for addressing societal issues in an effort to develop innovative, effective approaches and solutions for moving forward.


‘Mutual Accommodation’ has been a key practice in Canada whereas ‘Nonviolent Action’ has been used extensively in India. Both practices have enabled significant progress, but major challenges remain. New issues are emerging as our societies become more diverse. The conference will build on both countries’ foundational practices and harness increasing diversity to identify new approaches to addressing societal issues.


On Mutual Accommodation - Sunday, June 25 at 2:45 pm

The opening keynote is by William A Macdonald. Mr. Macdonald is a policy advisor who has served as a senior partner for the law firm McMillan, an adviser to governments and as a director of major corporations.  

Building Nonviolent Social Movements for an Inclusive Society - Sunday, June 25 at 4:15 PM

Delivering this keynote address is Rajagopal P.V., a Gandhian activist and former Vice Chairman of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi. In 2014, he received the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration, an award granted annually by the Indian National Congress.

The conference continues Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 with various presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Media are requested to contact Queen’s University media relations to confirm attendance at the conference and request an interview with the organizers.


Queen’s University, Goodes Hall Room 118, 143 Union Street W., Kingston


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca