Canada Identity

My Children Are The Only Black Kids At Their Preschool

Davina Hamilton | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Parents
Davina Hamilton

Largely speaking, race is not something that tends to bother very young children. So when I discovered that my four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son were the only black children in their new preschool, I wasn't sure how to feel.

I Found My Roots In Ukraine

Jerry Diakiw | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada
Jerry Diakiw

After the World War 2, we lost all contact with our many relatives in Ukraine, dozens of them. My father and mother were both born in the village of...

First Nations Living In Poverty Will Change The World

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

Nobody saw me until I had a degree. Nobody gave a damn about me in foster care, or worse, they tried to save me -- to show me how horrible Indians were, and that I should assimilate into the culture of normalcy, the every day: the middle class default.

Why Would A Teacher Cut Your Child's Hair?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Parents
Danielle S. McLaughlin

What is it about hair that ruffles so many feathers? Last week, despite having been told not to do so, an Ottawa teacher chopped the hair off a child, ostensibly because the child was chewing on it. The teacher appears to have believed that somehow, he was acting in the child's best interests. Had he decided the child's identity for him? Had he decided that a child with a disability cannot make his own choices as to his appearance?

The Tactics Of Racism Will Not Work For Anti-Racists

Lauryn Oates | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Lauryn Oates

I'm a white woman who has spent my life advocating for women's rights in Afghanistan. Unapologetic for my lack of shared ethnicity with those I have strived to defend, I've heard an array of logic-bending criticisms, from subtle critiques veiled in the buzzwords of post-modernism, like the suggestion that all development workers inherently occupy a 'hegemonic' position, to less creative and cruder name calling.

I Rejected My Cuban Identity Out Of Fear

Daniela Sosa-Roque | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living
Daniela Sosa-Roque

The long years of communist leadership in Cuba and the violation of human rights, specifically the attacks on freedom, have pushed many to pursue a life elsewhere. The way I saw it, there weren't any reasons to be proud.

Indigenous Identity Isn't Something You Can Try On For Size

Liam Massaubi | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Living
Liam Massaubi

Recently an APTN investigation called famous novelist Joseph Boyden's indigenous ancestry into question. The broader issues raised in his situation are what drew my attention - issues such as distinguishing who has lived experience as an indigenous person.

Dear Outsiders, Listen Before You Speak About Our Native Identity

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

This conversation might be new to you, but it's always been relevant and ongoing, and it's often a reaction of something your people have caused. It's often complicated by outsider intrusion and historical erasure.

Gift Card Fraud Is A Trillion-Dollar Global Epidemic

Stephen Ufford | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Business
Stephen Ufford

As gift cards become more popular with consumers and merchants, criminals also want a piece of the holiday pie. As criminals get savvier, they are finding new loopholes to exploit, and e-gift cards are increasingly becoming a lucrative way to commit fraud and to launder money.

The Generational Trauma Of War Has Uprooted Tamil Identities

TamilCulture | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

We as a diaspora, watched the curtain fall on a decades-long conflict we could never fully understand. And although the impact of the war varies drastically between us, what remains consistent is the recognition of a profound loss and the silent mourning of a forgotten identity.

Let's Not Sanitize Trump's Victory

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

It's been barely a week and we're seeing it already. Numerous Muslim women across America getting attacked, students in universities calling black classmates "cotton pickers," and reports of racist graffiti surfacing all over the country. Already more than 200 incidents of harassment have been reported since Donald Trump won the presidency.

I Negotiated My Identity Between Two Cultures And Generations

Fatima Reyes | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living
Fatima Reyes

Although I've lived essentially my whole life here and received my Canadian citizenship in kindergarten, not having a Canadian birth certificate separates me from second-gen Canadians. At the same time, I don't have vivid memories of growing up anywhere else, like my parents and other first-gen Canadians. Sometimes, I feel like generation 1.5.

As A First-Generation Tamil Canadian, I Discovered Identity Can Be Inclusive

TamilCulture | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

My older sister and I moved to Canada from Sri Lanka in the early 90s when I was nine, after both of our parents had passed away. We were fortunate enough to have family members who had been living here since the 70s with the means to sponsor us through a formal process.

I Learned Arabic As An Adult To Reclaim My Palestinian Heritage

Else Khoury | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Else Khoury

In 1997 I went to the West Bank to study Arabic. Once there, I found that many of the students in the program were, like me, half Palestinian, and were there as part of an attempt to discover their roots. Before I left, I hadn't thought much about how language defines who we are, or what happens when the languages we use to build our identities are rendered useless.

'Hyphenated Canadians' Can Thank Opponents Of Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

A term associated with dual and/or multiple expressions of identity alongside national identification, "hyphenated Canadian" identities are now an important part of our diverse ethnic landscape - and we owe it to the efforts of the very same individuals who regarded such multiple identities as a source of division.

Becoming A Woman

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

Is getting a divorce a sign of womanhood? It is. I've never felt being a woman more acutely than I do, presently. No, it doesn't make me feel amazing at all -- but I am on my own, which is hard but it is empowering.

The Fading Case Against Canadian Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.06.2017 | 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.

Maintaining My Identity In Motherhood

Tara Mandarano | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I noticed a distressing new trend: whenever we visited friends and family, they didn't really see me anymore. It was all about the baby -- how she'd changed, which adorable outfit she was wearing, or who she happened to look like that week. It took a while to get used to this strange sense of invisibility.

It's Time We Kick Our Addiction To Validation

Kyana Miner | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

The worst addiction in the world is validation. This obsession begins at a very young age. Being accepted and approved by others becomes more important to us than being fulfilled. To be fulfilled, you have to listen to your own inner desires and live according to your truth.

Why We Need the Black Experience Project

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 10.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

Although the black community have flourished in large numbers and has made a considerable mark on the GTA's cultural landscape and have contributed largely to the city's development, they continue to struggle with many social problems such as high unemployment rates, alarming high school dropout rates, racial profiling and a disturbing trend of youth incarceration.

What Does Being a Hyphenated Canadian Really Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

Should we choose to embrace our traditions, or let them fade? I choose to embrace them because I want that left side of the dash to remain part of who I am, and as I continue on each year commemorating these events, I want to be celebrating them whole-heartedly and meaningfully.

Being Myself at Work Brought Me More Success

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

When I first started career coaching I had a different website and a verrrrry different vibe. I thought that if I didn't look and sound "professional" (i.e. conservative, corporate) I wouldn't get any clients. My headshot was a photo of me at a boardroom table, unsmiling and intense (so not me!).

Four Black Actresses Give Advice on Having Great Girlfriends

Giselle Phelps | Posted 06.18.2016 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

Well, I recently attended the American Black Film Festival in New York City. This time, I was lucky to have a riveting conversation with four black actresses: Terri J. Vaughn, Garcelle Beauvais, Essence Atkins, and Malinda Williams. They're all starring in a T.V. movie coming out later this summer called "Girlfriends' Getaway 2."

Being Tamil Isn't Just About Speaking the Language

TamilCulture | Posted 09.07.2016 | 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.

How I Finally Embraced Being Korean

Jason Lee | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Lee

If someone said to me 15 years ago that I would be talking publicly about my Korean cultural identity today, I'd have been the first person to say: "You must be kidding." Until recently, despite having been born in Korea, I would not have called myself a Korean-Canadian.