Canada Multiculturalism

Broken Melting Pot Is No Alternative To Canadian Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

These days you don't hear a great deal of praise for the American melting pot. Perhaps it's because there is a growing realization amongst Americans that historically the melting pot was more virtual than real. A frank look at the evolution of the race relations across America's history throws the melting pot idea into question.

Politicians Warned 'Us-And-Them' Narrative Only Hurts Canada

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Politics

The data was presented to the then-Conservative government shortly before the election campaign.

Travelling To My 'Motherland' Brought Me Closer To My Cultural Heritage

Alexandra Yeboah | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Alexandra Yeboah

The yearning desire I had to visit could not be explained. But stepping foot onto West African soil started to make things clearer for me. Upon arriving, I was instantly overcome with the feeling that I was home. I had last visited Ghana as a child many years ago, but the people, the culture, the way of life, even the very smell, brought up feelings of nostalgia.

Exploring Toronto's Diversity Through Food

Andrea Chrysanthou | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Chrysanthou

This past week, the Toronto Ward Museum initiated the "Dishing Up Toronto" program with three walking tours in Toronto and its suburbs. Immigrants served as guides and shared their stories and the stories of their neighbourhoods. Rather than use inanimate displays for their history lessons, the guides introduced audiences to their culture through visits to local hotspots and by sampling their favourite dishes.

Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.

Vancouver Counts Down To Indian Summer Fest 2016

Genevieve Michaels | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Genevieve Michaels

The sixth annual Indian Summer Festival is fast approaching, and arts and culture lovers all over our city are gearing up for what promises to be the most intellectually stimulating ten days of the year. Taking place from July 7th to 16th, the festival combines a range of events featuring thinkers, artists, and leaders from Canada, South Asia, and beyond into a program that promises to be enlightening, entertaining, and inclusive.

It Is Time To Redefine Canada's Vertical Mosaic

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

The growth in the visible minority population has seemingly changed the nature of the vertical mosaic and the portrait of inequality in Canada. The question that preoccupies researchers is whether the upward mobility experienced by most European origin groups can be replicated by non-European immigrants and their children.

Multicultural Communities Are Transforming Canadian Politics

Victor Choi | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

We are transitioning to a new era. A new era in which multicultural communities are what Quebec used to represent to Canada as a whole in terms of influence. They are increasingly the bloc of voters that all political parties constantly think about to placate and please, with good reason.

The World Needs Parents To Let Their Kids Fail

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Let kids fail young -- while they are still in their beta phase, adaptable and resilient. Let them struggle with a math problem. Let them audition for the lead role when you know they're likely to be cast as an understudy. Let them make mistakes that will build self-care and even empathy.

Immigrants Feel As Canadian As The Rest Of Us

Jack Jedwab | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

Some observers insist that Canada's multicultural policies encourage newcomers to maintain their attachment to their countries of origin. This in turn makes it difficult for them to establish a proper connection with Canada. Defenders of this view rarely provide supporting empirical evidence.

Diversity In Canadian Literature Is Long Overdue

Jael Richardson | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Jael Richardson

I've wondered what to do about Canada's literary scene for some time. If you follow literary events closely, you'll see a lot of white faces on the lineups and in the promotions. In a multicultural country like Canada, that kind of oversight is a significant problem publishing professionals and festival organizers can't afford to ignore.

Marine Le Pen: Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Visiting Canada on a European Parliament membership technicality with no federal or provincial parties willing to engage given her bigoted views (and possible stench of sulphur) has not prevented her from criticizing Canada's policies on immigration and multiculturalism. The terror attacks in Brussels have only added more ammunition to a sharp tongue already loaded with nationalist, nativist and jingoistic diatribe.

Multiculturalism Is A Canadian Success Story

Samer Majzoub | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Multiculturalism, as a comprehensive communal doctrine, came to be the right answer for the nation of Canada to create its unique, coherent and inclusive society which guarantees equality, freedom, fairness and reverence to all its citizens. The various cultures, religious doctrines, social values and ethnicities merit equal respect.

The Fading Case Against Canadian Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Although the term multiculturalism has remained broadly popular, its application has been the object of ongoing controversy. At the center of the debate is the issue of whether identities are in inevitably in conflict. That, for example, individuals must choose between their ethnic attachments and their Canadian identity.

Can I Get Change For A $20?

TamilCulture | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Impact
TamilCulture

Instead of asking our parents to change, why don't we change the situation that caused our parents to change -- poverty? Poverty in Sri Lanka has left many children on the streets scavenging for food, or should we say crumbs. What if I told you for $20 you can buy change -- change in the form of a future.

5 Reasons Why Canada Shouldn't Fear Accepting Syrian Refugees

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

I acknowledge that good, well-meaning people who genuinely care about Syrian refugees can have perfectly valid concerns about the security risk of bringing in tens of thousands of people from a war zone. It is as large an undertaking as it sounds. So, in light of Canadian political leaders playing on Canadians' concerns to spread fear and disinformation, I decided to research how Canada screens, accepts and settles Syrian refugees. It is my hope we can dispel fear and confusion with facts, reason and compassion.

Harper's Conservatives Want to Dupe You Into Fearing Immigrants

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

What is most telling is that even given the divisive and downright xenophobic campaign the Conservatives have run thus far, they are still within striking distance to form government. This carefully crafted U.S.-style Republican narrative has set Canada on an extremely dangerous course, and one that only Canadian voters can steer back to the right path. From "old stock Canadians" deserving of greater government benefits, to the ridiculous niqab debate, to the absurd hotline dedicated to reporting "culturally barbaric" practices, the Conservatives are pulling no punches in their quest to mobilize their voter base.

'Where Are You From?' Is Clumsy, but Not Racist

Deena Douara | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Deena Douara

There are a range of reasons people have asked me about my background and reasons I'm curious about yours. Maybe I've traveled to your country of heritage and would like to share my experience; I'd like to visit one day and would welcome your insights. We shouldn't have to pretend not to see skin colour, hear accents, or recognize features. No, we're not all the same -- but why is that the goal?

Why Canadians Aren't Always so Kind

Reeha Korpal | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Living
Reeha Korpal

We are not all the ideal, liberated, and wonderful "Canadian" which we assume to be part of our national identity. We're not all there, but hopefully one day we will be. One day we can proudly proclaim that these wonderful positive stereotypes we hold dear to ourselves are complete, factual truths.

It is Time to Move Beyond Harper's Politics of Division

Arnold Chan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Arnold Chan

The Harper Conservatives have focused their time in power on dividing Canadians and creating fear for their own political benefit. We have seen countless examples of this from groups that have questions about criminal code legislation being called "soft on crime," to the use of terrorist propaganda to stoke fear when talking about political rivals (just look at the latest online Conservative attack ad against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau using material from jihadist propaganda), to the politicization of citizenship ceremonies and the meaning of citizenship as a whole.

Why Calling Me a Brown Girl Isn't Racist

Reeha Korpal | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Living
Reeha Korpal

Here is the thing -- "brown" is not a derogatory term. It is not a word rooted in oppression, exclusion, bigotry, or hatred of any kind at the social or institutional level. The term is value neutral. It holds no malice, or intent to harm. It is not a powerful reminder of disenfranchisement and racial divisions such as the term"n*****." As wonderful as it is that people want to step up to the plate to help create inclusion and openness, I just wish it was with some context. Instead, get up off your feet when you hear some of the following slurs that are offensive and have been historically directed towards brown people.

The Conservatives Have Changed What it Means to Be Canadian

Arnold Chan | Posted 07.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Arnold Chan

As a second generation Canadian I grew up with a proud sense of attachment to our nation. I often listened to stories from my parents about the effort they made to immigrate to Canada so that my younger brother and I could enjoy the many opportunities that this nation has to offer.

What Immigrants Should Know Before Coming to Canada

Suresh Kurl | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Suresh Kurl

Canada is a dream come true for those who immigrate here. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the envy of the world. Its multiculturalism welcomes new immigrants with open arms, open hearts and open minds. If new immigrants are to become a part of the Canadian multicultural fabric they must know what their obligations as Canadian resident/citizen would be.

My Refugee Journey Involves Gunshots, Homelessness and Hope

Patrick Bizindavyi | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Patrick Bizindavyi

Over the following months in 2001, the violence continued in Burundi between the rebels and the government. My passion for my work diminished. I no longer felt like doing anything. I even stopped watching the news on TV, or even listening to it on my own radio station. Everything looked hopeless. In 2002, some Canadian journalists visited Burundi. If I were going to ask for help, it was now or never. Six months later, they invited me to visit Canada, and I jumped on the opportunity. I arrived in Canada with $60 in my pocket -- my mother's life savings.

Being Tamil Isn't Just About Speaking the Language

TamilCulture | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

My Canadian-born son isn't proficient in Tamil. I have not been successful in teaching him. I feel that my ineffectiveness comes off as un-Tamil to some. We're used to the idea of the cultural mosaic and pride in our heritage by proudly declaring that our kids are proud Tamils.