The Importance Of Multiculturalism In Canada

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Canada is known globally for its multiculturalism and loves to boast about it, we even have a day dedicated to it. On Canada’s Multiculturalism Day in 2017 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that “multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada’s heritage and identity - and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong” (Trudeau). In grade school Canadians are taught about the supposed marvels of multiculturalism and, in Alberta, an entire year of social studies is dedicated to it in middle school. Of course, as the creator of their policies, the Canadian government would have mostly good things to say and teach about its take on multiculturalism but, is it really all it’s cracked up to be? In thinking about Canadian multiculturalism, has it been the success that our government has led us to believe it is? The purpose of this paper is to argue that Canada’s multicultural policies and practices have not been a success and, in fact, solidify, entrench, and reproduce social inequalities. To build a case in favour of this argument, this paper will look at what multiculturalism means to Canada and how we should evaluate it in order to show that it has not been an unequivocal success.
The idea of multiculturalism has come to refer to both a particularly diverse society and the policies enacted to manage it. Canadian demographics changed as a result of evolving immigration policies and patterns, which then created a demand for more policies and symbols that reflected
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