for the panel discussion: "Inter-cultural
marriage: Challenges and Solution" — See the
synopsis of Mr. Mukerjee's talk below.
Profile of Mr. Roman Mukerjee
Mukerjee has Indo-Slovak heritage. He spent his formative
youth years in a school run by Canadian Jesuits in Darjeeling,
West Bengal. With stimulus from the late Prime Minister Lester
B. Pearson who visited the school, he came for undergraduate
and graduate studies at McGill University on a full paid fellowship
to gain a Master's degree in political science and developing
was then hired to begin and to administer the first anglophone
colleges in Montreal in general and technical education where
he also taught Political Science and interdisciplinary Humanities.
was voluntarily proactive in intercultural relations at the
first Canadian Intercultural Institute established in Montreal.
From here the federal government recruited him to address
the basic integration of the heavy influx of South-East Asian
refugees to Montreal. The headquarters were pleased with his
services and transferred him to the national office in Gatineau
to address the critical issueas such as, the Japanese Candian
Redress settlement, the modification of RCMP dress code to
include the Sikh kirpan and turban, the race relations policy
at National Defence and the change in the House of Commons
Christian prayer to be fully inclusive.
took early retirement and continues to be proactive in interfaith
relations at the Capital Region Interfaith Council, the World
Conference of Religions and Peace and with the National Defence
Chaplaincy Services plus, he has immersed himsef in the Muslim
community by being active in the Islamic History Month that
just began this year and which received parliamentary endorsement.
feels proud to be with his elderly father who served Netaji
Subhas Chandra Bose in Berlin Germany plus his dear Jewish
wife and their adopted aboriginal daugter from Honduras. In
addition he has a son and two daughters from his first marriage.
Here again there is one adopted Inuit daughter. He speaks
five languages, Czech, Hindi, Bengali English and French.
When Census Canda addresses his family, they get confused.