Multiculturalism in Canada

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Multiculturalism in Canada An Overview The term "multiculturalism" has been used by the Canadians in two different perspectives. The first use of this word is descriptive; meanwhile the other one is normative. The former sense implies the description of various religious and cultural groups that the Canadian population consists of. The nation of Canada is based on people from various races, religions and cultural backgrounds and there is a general acceptance of cultural pluralism in the country. Since the nineteenth century, Canada has experienced various waves of immigration (Wayland, 1997). Moreover, it has been reported that by the 1980s approximately 40 percent of the people were of origins other than British and French; the two being the largest and oldest groups of people in Canada (Troper, 1989). The history of Canada gives a great deal of importance to the relationship that existed between the French and the British people. According to the statistics, the major population of the country at the beginning of the 21st century was composed of people from outside French and British heritage; meanwhile there were many people who presented themselves as "visible minorities". The main purpose of this paper is to make an analysis of something of the major questions that arise in minds of the people pertaining to the concept of multiculturalism in Canada. We shall discuss in this paper, whether or not multiculturalism is working for Canada. Furthermore, we shall analyze
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