Revisiting Multiculturalism in Canada: Theories, Policies by Shibao Guo, Lloyd Wong

By Shibao Guo, Lloyd Wong

In 1971 Canada was once the 1st kingdom on the planet to set up an reputable multiculturalism coverage with an target to aid cultural teams to beat limitations to combine into Canadian society whereas conserving their historical past language and tradition. in view that then Canada's perform and coverage of multiculturalism have continued and been deemed as winning via many Canadians. besides, Canada's multiculturalism coverage has additionally loved overseas attractiveness as being pioneering and effective. contemporary public opinion means that an expanding majority of Canadians establish multiculturalism as some of the most vital symbols of Canada's nationwide identification. nonetheless, this obvious winning list has now not long gone unchallenged. Debates, opinions, and demanding situations to Canadian multiculturalism by means of teachers and politicians have continually existed to some extent due to the fact that its coverage inception over 4 many years in the past. within the present foreign context there was a transforming into attack on, and next retreat from, multiculturalism in lots of nations. In Canada debates approximately multiculturalism proceed to emerge and percolate relatively during the last decade or so. during this context, we're grappling with the next questions: • what's the way forward for multiculturalism and is it sustainable in Canada? • How is multiculturalism concerning egalitarianism, interculturalism, racism, nationwide identification, belonging and loyalties? • What position does multiculturalism play for formative years by way of their identities together with racialization? • How does multiculturalism play out in academic coverage and the school room in Canada? those critical questions are addressed through contributions from a few of Canada's top students and researchers in philosophy, psychology, sociology, background, schooling, non secular stories, adolescence reviews, and Canadian reviews. The authors theorize and speak about the debates and reviews surrounding multiculturalism in Canada and contain a few vitally important case experiences to teach how multiculturalism is practiced and contested in modern Canadian society.

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Whereas their parents may have been primarily interested in participation in organizations based on national origin – as Turks, Algerians or Somalis – the children increasingly seem more interested in participating in organizations based on religious identity, even when they themselves are not particularly devout. “Muslim,” for many in the younger generation, is not a faith, but a quasi-ethnic identity, and one which matters more to them than national origin or mother-tongue. So even secular or atheist Muslims may prefer to participate in Muslim-Canadian student organizations than in, say, Pakistani-Canadian student organizations.

BERRY 2. INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS IN PLURAL SOCIETIES Research Derived from Canadian Multiculturalism Policy INTRODUCTION One result of the intake and settlement of migrants is the formation of culturally plural societies. In the contemporary world, all societies are now culturally plural, with many ethnocultural groups living in daily interaction. A second result is that intercultural relations become a focus of public and private concern, as the newcomers interact with established populations (both indigenous and earlier migrants).

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