Canada has a very rich history, despite being a younger country than most. This history constitutes many different methods, good or bad, that Canadians have tried in order to develop a significant national identity. For instance, Canada played an important role in both of the World Wars in attempts to establish a distinct national identity on the global stage. After World War Two, Canada joined the United Nations and began performing peacekeeping missions to provide aid to countries, thus creating a new facet to the Canadian national identity. However, Canada has also used unjust methods, such as establishing residential schools as a way to assimilate the First Nations into the government’s idea of what Canadian national identity should be.
It has not been situated on the shelf for more than a day, then given to you to eat. The message that Tim Hortons sends is that their food is something both trusting and tastes better than places that have food sitting out for days, then given to you is more improved than traditional “ cafe and bake
Canada does not expect immigrants to give up their cultural identity, and America expects them to assimilate, and become a part of their society. Multiculturalism states that people may live in a society without surrendering their culture or traditions. The idea of America’s melting pot opposes Canada’s cultural mosaic. These two metaphors helps in understanding of the differences between Canadian and American societies. They emphasize the different relationships to the various minorities living in the countries.
Multiculturalism and its Relationship to Canada’s National Identity Though multiculturalism has been shown to be a wise policy economically and politically, the effects of multiculturalism has unintentionally complicated the Canadian national identity. Though multiculturalism is a significant part of the national identity of Canada, it has brought the population further away from national unity as the country struggles to maintain equality among and respect for all cultures. To derive a national identity from such an amalgamation of cultures has also proven to be a challenge throughout past decades as many Canadians view multiculturalism and immigration as being threats to the ‘Canadian way of life’. Officially adopted as a national policy
The conflict started in the early 1520’s and still has significant presence in Canadian society. There are many events in history that have increased the level of nationalism in French Canadian areas, especially Quebec. French Canadian people of Quebec generally feel like they deserve to have their own culture while being isolated from the rest of Canada. In Canada there are hundreds of different cultures in every city; with little to no pressure for other cultures to assimilate, drop their traditions and have their own distinct society, Quebec’s people should feel no different. Nationalism has been politically, economically and socially influential in Canadian society for many years.
In addition , 81% of immigrants are very proud to be Canadian because people from different cultural groups in Canada get along and live in peace ,compared with 68% of non-immigrants (Parkin & Mendelsohn,2003,p.11). There are some certain group of people or culture that we cannot talk about without not tracing them to Canada’s history like the First Nation people. They represent the past in the society and this gives Canadians a sense of their historical background and heritage. The Yonge street in Toronto is another example of what symbolize culture and history. According to a multiculturalism policy document, “Cultural diversity characterized the earliest societies to be seen through the mists of our history.
Canada has a great reputation when it comes to politics, economy, government, law, etc. Also, the living standards are top-notch compared many other places in the world. Lastly, the education system is very supportive and job opportunity is great. One of the things Canada is recognized for is its cultural diversity. Many immigrants come to Canada because they know they will be respected, and not mistreated (unlike the United States
As for the steps Canada should take, they should continue to bring awareness to the harm cultural appropriation has towards Indigenous people. It is usually not a conscious decision for people to wake up and intentionally try to appropriate another culture. However, many people are unaware of the disrespect and theft it really brings because it is sometimes difficult to picture yourself in another person’s shoes, as Canada is such a privileged country. There should be stronger enhanced laws to protect Indigenous art and culture,because so many pieces are being illegally sold to the public without any credit. It’s easy for artists to view this topic and argue that it is a freedom of expression, but in reality it is more so laziness and instead desiring a right to speak over historically silenced cultures.
Canadian multiculturalism has been good in T.V shows where the characters show a discourages of hatred, discrimination and violence, but shown a little bit violence in crime shows. 4.No, because the success in Canada show’s fewer privileges to some people who don't get enough rights, This doesn’t level my success in my experience because sometimes people are given hatred or discrimination towards a person that had done nothing towards them and still they don’t have the confidence to stand up. In my opinion, the government should do something to give citizens the right that they need.