Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security Meeting Summary - Resilience

March 1-4, 2013, Montréal, Québec

Participants: The Minister of Justice Canada, the Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada and the Deputy Minister of Justice Canada, as well as senior officials from Public Safety Canada, Justice Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, participated in the dialogue with the members.

Discussion: A number of topics were presented on the theme of resilience, including the Government's all-hazards approach, the United States' experience with Hurricane Sandy and the Full Circle Community Safety Model implemented by police services in Canada. Members were consulted on work being conducted on the General Social Survey on Social Identity, on a proposed Canadian Extremist Crime Database, and heard from a Roundtable member about community-based gang prevention and rehabilitation.

Members agreed on the importance of reflecting on and celebrating the contribution of all Canadians from diverse backgrounds in order to better demonstrate the resilience of diverse Canadian communities. Members emphasized that the key to building resilient communities lay within communities and underlined the importance of communication and information-sharing with communities before and during emergencies, particularly through ethnic media and with the use of new technologies.



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