In 1971 Canada adopted multiculturalism as an official policy. This policy confirmed the value and dignity of all Canadians, regardless of their ethnic or racial, religious affiliations or their language. In the early twentieth century an African American person could be arrested just for sitting on a bench that read “white’s only.” This is a good example of how racism issues have decreased, and prejudice is becoming less of a controversy to society as a whole. Multiculturalism also provides rights to all aboriginal people and gives Canada the status of their official two languages; French and English. The bilingualism of the country leaves room to broaden the educational system and offers opportunities to more people, unlike it’s restrictions in the past. An increase of education improves the study of technology and medicine for both men and women.
One hundred years ago women did not have the right to vote in this country, it was legal for children as young as six years old to do work, and women did not have the right to abort. All of which are listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, was signed in 1948, opening Canada’s eyes, to make human rights a part of Canadian Law. Many things have been considered to make this Country what it is today.
Although the importance of religion has decreased