Queen Elizabeth dies at 96; does appealing to human rights change minds?

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

Canadian News

  • Canada mourns passing of Queen Elizabeth II; Charles III proclaimed new monarch

Upcoming Events

  • Next week: Do Appeals to Human Rights or Canadian Values Change Canadian Public Opinion?
  • 5th Annual Canadian Family Thanksgiving

Research Opportunities

  • Apply now for 2023-24 CFR Overseas Fellowships

Canada Mourns Passing of Queen Elizabeth II;

Charles III Proclaimed New Monarch

Queen Elizabeth I, Canada’s head of state, passed away last Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96.

The Queen had served as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries since her ascension in 1952. Earlier this year, she celebrated 70 year on the throne with a Platinum Jubilee, and in June she secured her place as the second-longest reigning sovereign in world history. As queen, Elizabeth met with 12 Canadian prime ministers and 13 U.S. presidents. Her reign also oversaw major changes for Britain, most notably the dismantling of its once-extensive colonial empire.

The Canadian government will observe an official ten-day mourning period to honor the Sovereign’s passing. In an official statement, Prime Minister Trudeau noted that few Canadians now remember a time before the late Queen, who had been a consistent fixture for the nation over the last seven decades. “Over the course of 70 years and twenty-three Royal Tours, Queen Elizabeth II saw this country from coast to coast to coast and was there for our major, historical milestones.”

Elizabeth indeed oversaw major changes in Canada. Over the course of her reign, the country firmly established an identity independent from the United Kingdom. This culminated in the 1982 Constitution Act, when the British parliament relinquished its remaining oversight of Canada. Her reign also saw many internal challenges in Canada, such as the rise of Quebec’s independence movement and multiple reckonings with Canada’s past treatment of its Indigenous peoples.

The Queen will be succeeded by her eldest son, the new King Charles III, who was officially proclaimed monarch of Canada on Saturday in a ceremony attended by PM Trudeau and Governor General Mary Simon. The new king means many small changes for Canada in the coming months, from replacing the word “Queen” to changing portraits and coins.

But for many, the death of a figure as well-known and widely-beloved as the late Queen marks the end of an era, and has people asking whether her passing portends greater changes for Canada’s monarchy. As Canada has achieved greater independence over the last century, its ties with the United Kingdom have progressively weakened, and opponents of the monarchy have increasingly raised calls for Canada to sever its remaining ties with the British Crown. Some feel that the monarchy is anachronistic and anti-democratic, and out of line with modern Canadian values; for others, such as Quebec nationalists and some immigrants from other former British colonies, the monarchy symbolizes colonial subjugation. While the monarchy is unlikely to change any time soon, it remains to be seen if Charles can replicate his mother’s success in cultivating a personal popularity that counters these headwinds.


Do Appeals to Human Rights or Canadian Values Change Canadian Public Opinion? Race, Legal Status and the Framing of Positive and Negative Rights

Wednesday, Sept 21 | 12:30 p.m. | 223 Moses | RSVP here

Who should be granted state protection? Advocates often deploy appeals to human rights or shared national values when advocating on behalf of immigrant noncitizens. But do these approaches actually work? Few studies have empirically tested strategies for persuading dominant majorities to extend social benefits and civil rights to vulnerable minority outgroups. This lecture will draw on newly-published survey data from Canada, a democratic country often portrayed as highly tolerant, diverse, and inclusive, to reveal the limits of rights-based appeals, and the degree to which categorical inequality informs public views of who is “deserving” of these benefits.

Irene Bloemraad is a professor of sociology at UC Berkeley and director of the Canadian Studies Program. She studies how immigrants become incorporated into political communities and the consequences of their presence on politics and understandings of membership. Bloemraad holds the Class of 1951 Chair in Sociology and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies, and is the founding Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI). Beyond campus, she serves as the co-director of the Boundaries, Membership and Belonging program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

This event will be held in person and streamed live online. Please RSVP below if you plan to attend. If you require an accommodation for effective communication or information about campus mobility access features in order to participate in this event, please contact us at canada@berkeley.edu at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

5th Annual Canadian Family Thanksgiving

Saturday, October 8 | 5:00 pm

Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley | Buy tickets here

Canadian Studies is pleased to partner with the Digital Moose Lounge for our fifth annual Canadian Thanksgiving dinner! Join us for a special meal celebrating the Bay Area’s Canadian community, as you mingle with your fellow SF Bay Canadians while enjoying entertainment and a delicious turkey dinner.

Tickets may be purchased through the Digital Moose Lounge.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help staff the event. A limited number of reduced-price tickets are available to volunteers; please contact us for more information.


Apply Now for 2023-24 CFR Overseas Fellowships

Application deadline: October 31, 2022 | Apply here

The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) International Affairs Fellowship overseas programs offer unique opportunities for mid-career scholars and practitioners who are U.S. citizens and have demonstrated a commitment to a career in foreign policy to experience a new.

Launched in 2016, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Canada, sponsored by Power Corporation of Canada, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program enables one to two mid-career professionals each year to spend time at a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. Fellows come from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. The fellowship runs between six and twelve months, and awards a stipend of $110,000 for a full twelve months (or a prorated amount if the duration is shorter).

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Although the program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Canada, applicants with prior experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to their career. CFR will work with its network of contacts to assist selected fellows in finding a host organization that best matches the fellow’s proposed work in Canada. CFR cannot guarantee placement at any specific agency or organization.

For more information or to apply, click here.

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