Over the years there have been many world events and factors that have made Canada what she is today. There are many ways and things that uniquely identify Canada from other countries. Canada is considered a stable country, with her democratic government, prominent natural resources and trustworthy personality. Canada’s growth and acceptance of immigrants, celebrations of multi-cultural events and her own “homemade” attributes make her special and diverse. Canada is also known to be a just country because of our actions regarding Aboriginal people, Women rights and Japanese Canadians during WWII.
When you look around yourself, you can see the progress Canada has made through its great diversity in population. It is evident that most of us belong to a minority, whether it be through race, sexuality, or ability. Approximately 6.3 million Canadians are identified as members of a visible minority group, according to Statistics Canada. This is one piece of evidence that proves the theme of minority groups is a valuable consideration for Expo 17’. As visitors from all over the world come to Expo 17’, it is important to prove that Canada is a diverse and accepting country.
Colonialism is a perpetual and relevant issue in Canada. The definition of Colonialism is, “The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically” according to the Oxford dictionary (The Oxford Dictionary, 2018). On a small scale, Canada is influenced by Britain as British Commonwealth; the consequences that preceded the colonization are evident in the contrast of the standards of living between the general populations and Aboriginals. Colonization can also be or continue with, “geographical intrusion in the form of agricultural, urban or industrial encroachments” (LaRocque, 2008). The freedom of religion in Canada relies on the Eurocentric view
Canada is a culturally and ethnically diverse nation. Since the early British and French settlers, it has always been a land of immigrants. In the 20th century, the profile of immigrants began to change from mostly European to a wide variety of nations such as South Asia, South East Asia and Arab nations. Multiculturalism has long been an official policy in Canada, first introduced in the early 1970s. Nevertheless, it is often a controversial and debated issue.
Globalization is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas and other particular characteristics of culture. These three sources relate to globalization. Each show different types of examples of globalization. In source one, it talks about an image of a young Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, lying dead, face down on a Turkish beach.
“Canada is a multicultural nation and will become even more so as time goes on.” The statement represents how Canada is so rich in culture and how welcoming we are. Canada is a land full of immigrants and will continue to grow with more people with different cultures. All Canadians are descendants of immigrants that immigrated to Canada in one point in their lifetime. Being a child of Indian immigrants, I experience a lot of multiculturalism.
There is a great concern to today’s inequity regarding Aboriginal people’s health, education, culture and language. Stereotypes and racism are preventing the Aboriginal people from seeking the benefits they deserve. As Treaty People in Canada, reconciliation must be a top priority to support the healing process of Canada’s history. The treaty relationship has a significant impact on all Saskatchewan and Canadian citizen’s personal beliefs, societal and political positions, and the process of reconciliation.
What is your understanding of the issue in general? Aboriginals or First Nations in Canada were living peacefully with their tribe until the first settlers had came to Canada. The First Nations have long been discriminated and harshly treated ever since then. In the beginning, the new settlers had taken away the lands that the First Nations were living on.
Being a first-generation Canadian and when Canada is as diverse as it is, I never got the opportunity to truly connect with my own religion. I realized early on that having that knowledge of diversity provides a competitive advantage in the business environment, as communication and connections are easily built. To accomplish this, I decided to join the International Languages Program in grade 6; however, even with the four years I spent in the program, I never truly built the connection that I had so desired. It was not until grade 12 when I had that opportunity, as David Suzuki Secondary School (D.S.S.S.) introduced its first ever Sikh Student Association (S.S.A.), a collection of numerous Sikhs throughout D.S.S.S. Upon joining this club,
Colonialism has been a huge factor that has and will attempt to make aboriginal people conform to new cultural norms. Residential schools have been the most well-known way as to how colonialism affected these people. What society is not aware of is the cruelty of hospitalization of aboriginals, where unethical procedures took place using them as subjects without consent. As Dr Geddes stated during his lecture, the Canadian health care system has racism embedded in it. Stripping indigenous people of the proper health care which they have the right to receive, but kept from due to their racial status.