Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security Meeting Summary - Border security: Protecting Canadians at home and abroad

May 23-25, 2005, Vancouver, British Columbia

Participants: The Minister of State for Multiculturalism and many senior government officials from the Department of Public Safety and its security agencies (CSIS, RCMP, and CBSA), Canadian Heritage, Justice Canada, and the Privy Council Office participated in the dialogue with the members.

Issues of Discussion: Members raised concerns related to border security that included: information sharing, bilateral border security agreements, the need for the review of terminology when describing security threats, and diversity/sensitivity training of frontline officers. Members also examined their own role in interacting with various communities, and the facilitation of on-going dialogue.

Outcomes: Members toured operational security areas of the Vancouver International Airport. Both members and government officials came away from the meeting with a greater understanding of border security issues and possible implications of border security measures on diverse communities.

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