by Cathy Alex
Originally published: February 24, 2017
If Canadians truly value multiculturalism, they must make room for more diverse voices to be heard, says Dreeni Geer, the director of the office of human rights and equity at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Society as a whole must create a protective environment where people feel safe sharing their own opinions, challenges and solutions, she said.
"The first thing I always say to any people who are the dominant group is the only way that marginalized voices or people ever thrive is if mainstream voices step aside and create that space, and so instead of speaking for others or advocating for others, actually give them the room and allow them to speak for themselves," she said.