Some 20 percent of Canadians speak a foreign language at home, and minority populations are expected to grow in number. Immigration is an urban phenomenon today, with immigrants coming from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The trend toward a growing religious, ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity means that there are sizable visible minorities in Canada. We are truly multicultural. Multiculturalism, pluralism, and diversity are the new norm. Some call it a liberal manta. But immigrants and minorities are a source of experience and knowledge. Cultural interaction increases tolerance. While the French nation-state is associated with homogenization and assimilation, multiculturalism is about recognizing differences and the value of diversity. Culture, ethnic origin, and national identities are central. Canada recognizes the importance of ethnicity for one’s foci of identification. And we are all cultural beings as culture shapes our environment and interactions.
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