As we go about our daily lives in the beautiful country of Canada which we have been blessed to live in, it has become normal to see a woman who wears the hijab walking down the street, or a Black family driving on the highway, or an Indian man wearing a suit and tie heading into the office. Canada’s cultural diversity is something which makes the country so special to live in, and instances where we see people of different cultures is increasing everyday. Many of the newcomers who arrive from overseas into Canada are families, with children and youth ready to begin their new life filled with opportunity here in Canada. However, youth who settle in Canada with their families aren’t exempted from the trials and tribulations youth face. In fact, …show more content…
With the rise in the population of multicultural youth in Canada, we must accommodate this trend by having more multicultural Child and Youth Workers. Secondly, Multicultural CYWs have a greater sense of cultural awareness as they have experienced different cultures growing up themselves. Lastly, CYWs who come from multicultural backgrounds will have a better understanding of the perspective which the youth comes from. The increase in cultural diversity in Canada means that there should be more multicultural Child and Youth Workers as they are more sought after, cultural knowledgeable, and understanding of perspective when working with Canadian …show more content…
In many cases, the best way to relate to someone is to put oneself in the person’s shoes. However, this may seem difficult for someone who does not share the same experience and the other person, as they may not consider certain obstacles to be as difficult or they may not appreciate certain things which are are highlighted by the person in need to assistance. In an article written by the Global Roundtable Working Group on Youth titled “Youth and the State of Culture”, the author states the importance of culture in the youth field “it is important to understand the various cultural issues that are of great significance to young people worldwide, including such factors as information and communication technologies (ICTs) and media’s influence on young people’s choices.” (“Youth and the State of Culture”, n.d). By being from two different cultures and having experience in both, multicultural Child and Youth Workers are are able to make strong connections between their own culture and Canadian culture. They are also more inclined to find similarities in the other youth’s cultures. For example, Middle Eastern culture in a nutshell is quite similar across all the countries within the area, but it also has similarities with African and Eastern European culture as well. Having a multicultural background is also essential when
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35 Fleras, Augie, and Jean Leonard Elliott. Engaging Diversity: Multiculturalism in Canada. Toronto: Nelson, 2002: 164.
In doing so I will demonstrate the hardships that many individuals from diverse cultures face by choosing to take on a new identity in a new country. It is not easy leaving behind what is familiar and welcoming a new identity, having to build a new home. I take this subject very personally as my parents’ immigration process to Canada was one of hardship and joy, it also made them feel alienated at times. Through discovering Canada and the different cultures it holds they welcomed it and started a family in a new land. In doing so they experienced the accepting and amicable nature that Canada held in
Resnick’s analysis of the multiculturalist policy of Canada shows that such a policy works to include those of different backgrounds, but it stretches of what it means to be Canadian and allows some to abuse the meaning of too much tolerance. Although he shows that American assimilation is too much of the other extreme, Canada does needs to shift slightly toward a system of assimilation just enough to allow a Canadian identity to develop.
The 1971 Multicultural Policy, the by-product of recommendations seen in Book IV of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism report, gave Canadian society a new image. The policy set out to assist cultural groups to retain and foster their own identity, overcome barriers to participation in society, promote creative exchanges among Canadian cultural groups, and assist immigrants in acquiring at least one of the official languages. The Environics Institute for Survey Research conducted a survey that found 56% of Canadians saw multiculturalism as one of the core symbols of Canadian identity, up nearly 15% from 10 years prior however, there is still high skepticism for the Multicultural Policy. As a result of Canada’s Multicultural
A person’s culture usually defines their identity, norms and values. I belong to the Canadian culture and will be examining the main elements of this culture such as its symbols, language, norms and values. Canada is considered to be a multiculturalist country, which can reveal why some aspects of my Polish heritage are incorporated into my culture and identity. Therefore, I believe that there is cultural diversity in Canada and that individuals can relate to different cultural identities in this culture, which is not the case for others around the world.
According to Gay, culturally responsive teaching is employing previous experience, performance style of student, and cultural knowledge for the purposes of making learning more suitable and effective for students (Gay, 2000). In other words, culturally responsive teaching practice is using cultural experiences, perceptions of ethnically, and cultural features of student to facilitate when teaching. Furthermore, culturally responsive teaching practice teaches through and to the strength of students. Culturally responsive teaching practices is necessary in connecting the cultural knowledge of students, style of performance, and previous experience to the knowledge of academic with the goal of legitimizing what the students already know. Therefore,
The multiculturalism idea is about how to respond towards challenges that are associated with religious and cultural diversity. The term is used as a descriptive term that characterizes the diversity facts in the society. The proponent of multiculturalism rejects the melting point idea though the term has encompasses a variety of claims. The melting point idea is that members of the minority group maintain a distinct collection of practices and identities.in general multiculturalism means the practices and policies that respond and recognizes ethnic diversity (Roach et al, 2005 pg. 37). The first black president elected in us Barack Obama describes the different points of view regarding multicultural societies. Though each Atlantic side are
It is always interesting to take a glance into another individual’s life, especially when an individual differs greatly from yourself in one way or another. For my other-awareness paper, I decided to have my interview with my roommate Ryan Torresin, a Caucasian red-head Catholic (a double jeopardy in some ways, in that being he is both Canadian and red headed) in who is from Toronto, Canada. I chose Ryan because he is my roommate, plus being from another country creates for an interesting look into the perceptions and culture someone from another country possesses. Canada has a reputation for being overly friendly and passive, and what Ryan relayed to me through our interview shows this to be a relatively true stereotype, albeit exaggerated somewhat. Torresin shared with me his own unique cultural identity, values, and his perspectives.
As promoted by the Official policy, “Canadian multiculturalism is fundamental to our belief that all citizens are equal. Multiculturalism ensures that all citizens can keep their identities” (Canadian Multiculturalism: An Inclusive Citizenship. (2012, December 19)). However, it proves strenuous to identify the various social needs when addressing such a broad demographic.
When it comes to multiculturalism the first country that we tend to associate with this term is Canada. As the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy, Canada “affirmed the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation” (Citizen and Immigration Canada 2012) . Canada has spoken of multiculturalism countless times to the point of reinforcing its values and beliefs regarding multiculturalism as well as having experience with managing its population and problems. However, despite Canada’s direction towards multiculturalism, there are underlying problems that are easily looked over and dismissed under the façade of multiculturalism.
Growing up as a first-generation Muslim Ethiopian male living in a lower-middle-class society, I had to face plenty of challenges and changes because my parents were new to Canada, and had to work endlessly for me and my two siblings so that we could live a stable life.
We learned about an experience that challenged everyone's perspective. Multicultural Student Services are designed to support and advocate for underrepresented student populations as well as serve as an educational resource for majority student populations in an effort to ensure that Coastal Carolina University remains an inclusive campus. I learned to use my statements when I am referring to a statement as well as being respectful of other people's opinions. Multicultural competence has three parts to it one was aware which Is one’s own assumptions, values and biases. The second one was knowledge which is the worldwide of others, the last one was Skills which is to implement certain strategies and techniques. Learned that Microaggression is used on the daily which is when people communicate in a hostile manner and
It is important to realize that the youth are the future of a country, and more importantly, the future of the world. Solutions to the marginalization of youth have a wide scope on both the individual and governmental level. In order for the government to fix this issue, they may need to readdress the determinants of social inequalities along with inclusive political action. Development of education, training, and providing concrete opportunities for the integration of the youth in the labour market. Furthermore, the inclusion of all citizens of a country, regardless of their status (national/non-national), and fighting discriminatory practices are all solutions that empower the youth and encourage their inclusion in society. Moreover, the government should focus on improving employment prospects for the youth through corporate and national policies, education programs along with training programs adapted to current
Engagement is the reason one becomes motivated. When we engage the parents and families they become more motivated. Having this type of direct energy is our goal. “To be effective in multicultural classrooms, teachers must relate teaching content to the cultural backgrounds of their students” (Ginsberg & Wlodkowski, 1995, p.1). Each student has a different story including their background being a big part of them. No need to judge a book by its cover until we get down to the real situation. Student’s progress differently and a lot of the time their culture has a lot to do with it. The parents and families are the same way. If we ignore these norms it will provoke student resistance and they will show signs of bad behavior. We need culturally relevant teaching. This definition is created by, Gloria Ladson Billings. She describes this as, “a