Transcultural dialogues between Canada and Poland. Research Trip Report

“Transcultural dialogues between Canada and Poland. Educating for Ethics of Diversity”
5-29 March, 2010, Vancouver Island University and Alert Bay

Thanks to a competitive Government of Canada Student Mobility Support Program Grant, received by Dr Eugenia Sojka (head of the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Silesia), one Ph.D student (Alina Grygeirczyk) and five M.A. students (Sabina Sweta Sen, Rafał Madeja, Michał Garbas, Anna Olekszyk, Hanna Mrozek) had a chance to go on a research trip to Vancouver Island University and Alert Bay Indian Reserve between 5.03. 2010 – 29.03.2010. The students were selected on the basis of their multi-media presentations about Upper Silesian cultural identity, as well as their academic excellence, involvement in the activities of the Canadian Studies Centre, and recommendation letters. The Student Mobility Support Program Grant covered the cost of a research trip to Canada. The partner University in Canada was Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

The project aimed at developing a successful program of education in the ethics of diversity based on the understanding of and sensitivity of diverse cultures of Canada, with a particular attention to Indigenous cultures of Vancouver Island, as well as an examination of the students’ own complex cultural identity as representatives of a culturally and linguistically different region of Upper Silesia, Poland. The project was designed as a serious attempt at construction a dialogue between cultures.

Their Research Trip Report, describing their activiteis in Canada and detailing the completion of the project, is now made available for download (PDF file – 3Mb).