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How we all fit in the Canadian mosaic

   Canada is a land of immigrants. Many anthropologists, archaeologists and other scientists believe that Canada’s indigenous people migrated from Asia beginning more than 13,000 years ago and, in the case of some Inuit people of northern Canada, between the years 400 and 1200 CE.

There have been several waves of immigrants to Canada in the modern era. The earliest occurred over two centuries starting in the early 1600s with slow but progressive French settlement of Quebec and Acadia. Smaller numbers of British military personnel and their families also arrived in the 1600s and 1700s.

The current wave of immigration includes many more from South and East Asia, as well as newcomers from the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. 

Today, Canada has one of the highest per capita immigration rates in the world. As many as 275,000 new immigrants arrive each year in Canada.

Given its immigration history, Canada’s people and cultures are understandably diverse. To promote harmony in this ‘cultural mosaic’, Canada maintains strong values of equality, diversity, and respect for all individuals in society. These values are reflected in Canada’s policy of multiculturalism.

                                                                             – Courtesy: Ontario Day-to-Day Workbook 

Posted: Apr 30, 2014

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