* Canada is often described as a multicultural nation. This means that Canadians are not of any one cultural background, race or heritage. Instead, Canadians today reflect a vast diversity of cultural heritages and racial groups. Canada is truly a multicultural country as Canada ensures that all citizens can keep their identities, can take pride in their ancestry and have a sense of belonging. As more and more immigrants come to Canada searching for a better life, the population naturally becomes more diverse. The Government of Canada recognizes the diversity of Canadians as regards to national or ethnic origin, colour and religion, as a fundamental characteristic of Canadian society, and is committed to a policy of multiculturalism designed to preserve and enhance the multicultural heritage of Canadians while working to achieve the equality of all Canadians in the economic, social, cultural and political life of Canada. These themes will be discussed to prove that Canada is truly a multicultural country. * The 1991 Canadian census showed that the population had changed more noticeable in the last ten years than at any other time in the twentieth century, with one out of four Canadians identifying themselves as black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, Metis or Native. In 2006 Statistics Canada reported that more than 200 different ethnic origins made up the Canadian population. Eleven of these ethnic origins passed the 1 million mark. An estimated 5,068,100 individuals were members of the visible minority population. They represented 16.2% of the total population in 2006 up from 13.4% in 2001. In 2006 Statistic Canada reported that Catholic’s made up 43.6% of the population with the balance being Protestant, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Buddhist etc. * Most people agree that an important first step in successfully joining multiple cultures is to develop an understanding of each other’s background. Multiculturalism can lead to many great outcomes, including racial and ethnic harmony, which simply means that people from different backgrounds get along well together. Living with and accepting different cultures helps us understand each other and discourage hatred and violence. When multiculturalism is looked at simply as meaning the existence of a culturally integrated society, many people have no problem understanding that concept. But, when you go beyond that and try to suggest a different way of looking at a culturally integrated society, everyone seems to have a different opinion. Canada takes the concept of multiculturalism a step further with its importance of individual freedom. In the book the “Delectable Lie”, Salim Mansur said, “The importance of individual freedom, that's what Canada represents. So if it is a matter of freedom, than the cultures that don’t respect freedom or gender equality or minority culture, how can those cultures be given equal treatment?“1. What Salim Mansur doesn’t take into consideration is that Canada protects the freedom of all individuals and this is afforded to all cultures. If those cultures choose to ignore or not participate in this freedom that is their choice as long as they do not break any laws. There is much ethnic diversity in Canada and there are four out of five citizens that live in neighborhoods with some or many persons of different ethnic or racial backgrounds. In fact, 40% of people surveyed said they have family members of different ethnic or racial backgrounds. 79% said they believed "multiculturalism is important in uniting Canada and 90% believed that promoting equality among Canadians of all origins regardless of racial or ethnic origin was important.”2 With this type of ethnic diversity an opportunity existed for Canada to step up and lead the way for a multicultural nation.
Canada didn’t just pay lip service to the concept of multiculturalism it acted on it from a governmental level. Canada officially became a multicultural society in…
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What is multiculturalism?
Multiculturalism is the ability or opportunity to represent your own culture within the broader community. Canada is multicultural country because it supports and encourages different culture groups to represent their own culture. For example, there are cultural festivals across Canada including MOTIF in Moose Jaw and MOSAIC in Regina.
2. What is racism?
Racism is discrimination or prejudice based on a belief that one race is better than the other. In Canada there…
Professor Tehseen Irfan
Professor Tehseen Irfan
All children are different and beautiful in their own way. No one student should feel excluded from the class especially if the reason they are excluded is based on their culture, race, ethnicity, or color. Culture refers to the “traditions, rituals, beliefs and values that are shared amongst a group of people…
Canada is a land of peace, freedom, and natural wealth. Since its very beginning, Canada has always been rather vigorously in international trade. For much Canada’s early years, international trade strictly controlled by Canada’s mother country, Great Britain. The British system of mercantilism was relatively beneficial to Canada and other British colonies. Mercantilism allowed all British colonies including Canada to purchase goods from fellow colonies, thus keeping the wealth within the British…
Prof Jordan Scott
Is multiculturalism beneficial or detrimental to Canadian society?
In Canada, “every individual has the right to the equal protection and benefit of the law without discrimination and that everyone has the freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion, expression, peaceful, assembly and association, and is guaranteed those rights and freedom equally”(Canadian Multiculturalism Act). Multiculturalism means that people with many races, religious…
America is famously known to have gained its independence in the American Revolution by breaking free from British rule. Canada on the other hand, gained its independence through evolution instead of revolution. It wasn’t until after World War II that Canada became the stable political and economic country that it is today. Canada’s governmental structure is a Liberal Democracy which is a representative democracy under a parliamentary system; the Prime Minister is the head of the government…
typed research paper (1000-1200 words) (use 3 supporting points):
a) Argue the value of people retaining their own ethnic heritage in Canada.
b) Multiculturalism has been successful in Canada.
c) Argue that more inclusiveness and acceptance of cultural differences is needed in Canada.
d) English language training and/or other services for immigrants in Canada: Is it effective?
1. Take a position. Be prepared to provide standard definitions for key terms. Provide persuasive arguments (based…
Name: Emma Miller
Instructor: Angie Biondo
Class: English 101
Date: January 31, 2013
A Fisherman's Tale
Every summer in June or August my brothers and I head north to Smith Bay, Canada, for a week of pure, fresh, outdoor fun. We spend the trip fishing, boating, and swimming; enjoying the smells and the stark beauty of the dark green pines against the sparkling blue lake waters; and relishing all our well-planned out meals together. It is a wonderful time for family away from the distraction of…
other and a mutual respect in order to promote good role modeling to the children, and if the teamwork works then the teaching is better delivered ensuring a good positive learning environment for the children.
Valuing diversity and multiculturalism
An emphasis on multicultural activities across the curriculum can help improve positive socialisation behaviours among children. The impact of culture on learning and behaviour is natural and should be recognised through inclusion of appropriate…
Multiculturalism in the United States
The side in opposition to multiculturalism firmly believes that it weakens America by keeping immigrants from adequately assimilating to the core values of America’s Anglo Protestant identity. This side believes that multiculturalism weakens the “social bond” of the United States by denying that immigrants need to assimilate to the language and values of the country’s dominant culture. The rise of non-English speaking communities is seen as a detrimental factor…