Tapping Our Potential
Full Title: Tapping Our Potential: Diaspora Communities and Canadian Foreign Policy
Published: December 20, 2011
This report looks at the extent to which Canada’s foreign policy can be informed, shaped and strengthened by diaspora groups in Canada. At the same time, it takes into consideration the capacity of these communities to inform policy development on international issues and the existing structures and barriers to doing so. Case studies on five diaspora groups in Canada highlight the capacities of select groups to provide meaningful input into the foreign policy process.
As one of the most pluralistic and diverse countries in the world, Canada has an untapped resource when it comes to its diaspora communities, and there is little research and discussion about the role of these communities in influencing Canadian foreign policy. We hope that this report will serve as a basis for further discussion and research on this important and misunderstood issue.