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Reddin Symposium examines Canadian government’s role in national culture

The government of Canada has long played a direct role in controlling and cultivating aspects of the nation’s culture, to an extent not seen in the United States. At the 23rd annual Reddin Symposium, to be held on Saturday (Jan. 23), three engaging speakers will address how this has played out in the areas of music, sports and the cultural expression of Native Peoples.

The free symposium, “Music, Medals, and Mainstreaming: Cultural Policy in Canada,” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. It is presented by the Canadian Studies Program.

The speakers:

• BGSU’s Dr. David Jackson, political science, will focus on the Canadian government’s support of the music industry, which takes two forms. Musicians and bands may receive support for putting on tours and producing recordings. Second and more importantly, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission enforces strict rules on the percentage of “Canadian” music, radio and music-oriented television that stations must play.

• Dr. Ian Ritchie, Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, will discuss how the federal government of Canada has played a direct role in the fitness of Canadians and the development of a high-performance sport system designed specifically to win medals in international competition, especially the Olympic Games.

• Dean Jacobs, director of the Heritage Centre at Bkejwanong First Nation and a former chief, will talk about how the Canadian government for over a century tried to reshape First Nation cultures—to “Christianize and civilize” them, and how the Indian Department has recently apologized for these policies and is encouraging in various ways revitalization of Aboriginal ways of life.

Though the event is free, reservations are requested. To register, call the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 2-2147 or email vpsa@bgsu.edu.

The symposium, designed to enhance community understanding of Canada, is made possible through the support of the Reddin family of Bowling Green, the many contributors to the Reddin Endowment Fund, and the Canadian Consulate in Detroit.


 
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January 18, 2010

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