Residential Education In Canada

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Majority of the individuals in Canada are immigrants, or come from immigrant origins. If it were not for the millions of individuals who have left their country to come to Canada in the hopes for a better life, Canada would never have prospered into what it is today. As a result of this fact, many immigrants are still faced with several hardships when they enter Canada. Immigrants coming to Canada believe that they will be able to keep their culture, identity and become successful in their lives. Such misleading hopes set immigrants up for a life of racism, discrimination, assimilation, prejudice and continuous disappointment. Canada is a nation known for its multicultural society and often referred to as a ‘mosaic’ nation. In such a diverse…show more content…
However, even with all these accomplishments people tend to overlook the suffering of individuals, in particular the Aboriginals. The Aboriginal individuals living in Canada have been marginalized and exploited from the time they were colonized by the European settlers. They suffered internally for centuries as their relationship with Canada has left them with destroyed culture and a society ruined with social issues. Looking back at the historical context one can bridge an understanding of the repression and exploitation that occurred in the past. Many issues have arisen from the colonial past of Aboriginal individuals; however I will discuss the effects of the Residential schools. I am going to demonstrate how the Residential schools played a pivotal role in the breakdown of traditions and cultural values which gave a rise to various social issues resulting in a number of broken…show more content…
The policy of multiculturalism began in 1988, and it focus was to establish a society that would define the diversity of Canada to the world and future generations. This new legislation was in accordance with the Canadian constitution that identifies and provides the right of every Canadian to be protected. The policy enabled Canadians from different cultures, race, religion etc. to take part in building Canada`s national identity. This would reduce the existing barriers that omitted minorities, immigrants and Aboriginals from participating in building Canada national identity. Currently, Canada is among a few countries that have secured multiculturalism in the constitution. It has gain momentum as a nation known for its diverse society. However in such a diverse nation immigrants are not being accommodated for the involvement in dominate Canadian culture. Instead of the policy attracting the interest of minorities and they are being assimilated and integrated into the mainstream

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