Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Well done on the first of our four Issues essays. Next class we will be picking up where we left off after the presentations before the holidays. We continue to discuss the 1960's and into the '70's as we examine issues surrounding Immigration, the beginnings of the Environmental Movement and questions about our developing relationship with the Untied States.
During class we will open the floor for discussion about many of these issues, but for now please consider the following:
The American model of immigration is one called the “melting pot,” while Canada has an
official policy of multiculturalism. A brief summary of the theories:
• The melting pot – encourages assimilation of minority groups; they are supposed to
embrace the language, values, and history of the dominant group.
• Multiculturalism – acknowledges that minority groups generally have less power,
and are more likely to be discriminated against. This policy attempts to embrace
diversity and difference between cultures, and protects freedoms such as religion,
While there is debate over the multicultural policy both qualitative (anecdotal) and
quantitative (statistics) do show that there tends to be lower levels of racism, hate crimes,
and discrimination in countries that promote multiculturalism.
What is your opinion of Canada’s multiculturalism policy? To what extent do you believe it should be protected and upheld?
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