If there’s anything Canada is known for, it’s the multitude of diverse cultures and people found in the country. For years, Canada has opened its arms to internationals who now call it home and in commemoration of this welcoming spirit, Canada celebrates Multiculturalism day on June 27th.
Multiculturalism in Canada is not a mere generosity, but more a matter of state – In 1971, Canada became the first country in the world to declare multiculturalism as official state policy. In 2002, Multiculturalism Day was first introduced with the introduction of the Government of Canada which designated June 27th to be Multiculturalism Day by Royal Proclamation
Each year on this day, Canadians and non-Canadians alike reflect and recognise the differences that make up their nation. There are many rich cultures to be found in Canada and by highlighting the different beliefs, values and cultural practices, people are exposed to a bigger perspective on what really makes Canada special.
Multiculturalism day therefore provides the perfect opportunity for people from all walks of life to share their lived experiences, heritage and customs among one another. Fostering a sense of understanding, cultural participation, active citizenship and participation, Multiculturalism Day aims to bond and celebrate the differences among the nations in Canada. Another great purpose of this day is to ensure that these rich values are not forgotten and preserved.
Statistics Canada has estimated that by 2017, there will be 8.5 million people who are visible minorities, and 7.7 million immigrants living in Canada. Currently, every 1 in 5 people you encounter in Canada are from outside the country and approximately 200,000 immigrants migrate into the country annually.
To many who have settled here over the years, Canada is a land of opportunity and change. Many have expressed a great love for Canada’s own cultures and are drawn by the peaceful, open spirit that Canadians express.