On Multiculturalism in
Paul's Weekly Feature
The culture that each of us belongs to is
characterized by the uniqueness of its attributes. Such
attributes include language, religion, customs, beliefs,
habits, values, traditions, and racial or ethnic origin.
Canada is widely recognized and respected
for being the first country in the world to adopt
multiculturalism as an official policy, a policy designed to
encourage, and maintain, a multicultural national cross
As people continue to immigrate to Canada
from virtually every corner of the world, it is becoming
increasingly apparent that Canada's multicultural success is
attributed largely to one major factor: the commitment of
Canadians to a unified Canadian identity, while still taking
pride in the uniqueness of their individual heritage.
Therefore, as our interaction with people of
different cultures grows daily, we should seek cross-cultural
guidelines to facilitate these interactions.
These guidelines can promote an
understanding and appreciation of the aspects of Canada's
different cultures, and should include details on the
practical customs of people from different origins.
Practical customs within different
nationalities include effective
communication, appropriate gift-giving, respect in addressing
others, interesting conversation topics, acceptable conduct in
public, and so on.
For reference and for further information,
check out the following site :
Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
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