4 July 2017

Two Foundation community members, 2014 scholar Wendell Adjetey and 2016 mentor Marie Wilson, are quoted in a New Yorker article entitled Canada’s Polite and Diffident Independence Celebration concluding that "“Canada 150” is a subdued celebration in a noble Canadian tradition: one that avoids ideological confrontation and seeks not perfection but peaceful coexistence."

"Marie Wilson, one of three commissioners who led the [Truth and Reconciliation Commission], called the Canada 150 celebration “uneven.” “There are those who are cheerleaders for it, some who are in senior levels of government whose job it is to applaud themselves and their institutions,” she told me. But, among indigenous Canadians, “we’ve seen a lot of pushback saying, ‘It’s not our celebration, all it marks is the importing of laws and policies that diminished us and marginalized us.’ ”"

"[Most] of the time, the Canadian practice of avoiding touchy questions and muddling along seems to work. “Coming to Canada was, for me, truly a promised land,” said Wendell Adjetey, a Ghanaian immigrant who arrived in Canada as a child and is now a Ph.D. student in North American history at Yale. While racism persists in Canada, and “multiculturalism can only take us so far,” the nation remains a beacon of democracy and opportunity. “I would much rather be a poor, racialized person in Canadian society than anywhere else,” he told me."

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The New Yorker photo by David Kawai / Eyevine / Redux

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

Wendell is examining how cross-border migrations in Great Lakes cities enabled Black people to effect political change in Canada and the US.

2014 Scholars

Marie Wilson

After 35 years as an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and pioneer of Northern Canada’s first daily television news service, Marie Wilson served as one of three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

2016 Mentors