25 January 2017

Last December in Toronto, 2015 fellow Bessma Momani, and 2014 scholar Tammara Soma sparked conversations among one hundred Muslim youth to gauge their opinion on what it means to be Canadian. Steven Zhou was one of 20 moderators during the event. In OpenCanada.org, Steven reflects on what he heard:

“Most of the youth I spoke to see political and civic engagement as a core principle of this [Canadian] identity, but they also seem to think that there simply is not enough of it. When asked why, they almost all replied with two answers: First, a lack of opportunity for meaningful engagement, and second, a fear that they will be attacked for voicing their opinions on controversial topics.”

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Bessma Momani

Professor Bessma Momani is an expert on global economic governance issues, Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring, Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

2015 Fellows

Tammara Soma

Tammara is studying the factors that influence food consumption and food wasting in urban Indonesia and ways to end the dumping of food waste in landfills.

2014 Scholars