The Resilience of Western Alienation in a Transformative Era


A Zoom lecture about western alienation, Canadian federalism, regional conflict, and more.
Friday, February 12, 2021, 3–4 p.m. (EDT)
This event is free, but registration is required. Register here.
Why, in the evolution of the Canadian federal state, does there seem to be so much regional conflict and so little unity?

In this talk, Dr. Loleen Berdahl (Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina) considers the persistence of regional conflict in Canada by examining western alienation — that is, discontent emerging from one, some, or all of Canada’s four westernmost provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

When one of Canada’s many possible narratives is centered as the dominant national narrative, tensions grow. Dr. Berdahl argues that Canada’s national unity challenges come from the alienation of alternative perspectives.
She further argues that the study of western alienation allows us to delve into the structural features of Canadian federalism that exacerbate rather than moderate regional conflict in our vast and diverse country.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A. This event is co-organized by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship.
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