At the time, Canadian policies regarding ethnic communities were preoccupied with the involvement and loyalty these communities had with their homeland's politics and the fear of infiltration from either the left or right of the political spectrum. Focusing on the creation and operation of under-examined government institutions and committees devised to exercise subtle control of minority groups, Ivana Caccia explores the shaping of Canadian identity, the introduction of government-inspired citizenship education, and the management of ethnic relations. An engaging work that offers an important account of nation building in Canada and the treatment of ethnic minorities in times of heightened international tensions, Managing the Canadian Mosaic in Wartime provides crucial insights into multicultural policy and the possibility of parallels with the preoccupations with security and surveillance in the aftermath of 9/11.
Ivana Caccia immigrated to Canada in 1982 and is now an independent researcher with a PhD in Canadian history from University of Ottawa.
Acknowledgments; Illustrations Introduction; 1 In Defence of Canada and a Way of Life; 2 On "Race," "Foreignness," and the Hyphen; 3 The Makeup of a Specialist; 4 Setting Up the Committee on Co-operation in Canadian Citizenship; 5 The Nationalities Branch in Action, Part 1: Organization and Activities; 6 The Nationalities Branch in Action, Part 2: Two Case Studies; 7 The Communist Factor; 8 In Search of "Unity in Diversity"; Conclusion Timelines; Appendices: 1 Committee on Cooperation in Canadian Citizenship, 1942-45; 2 Press Releases Prepared by the Editorial Section of the Nationalities Branch for the Use of the "Foreign-Language"; Press, 1942-43; Notes; Bibliography; Index