Multicultural Reputation Essay

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“The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.” - Will Ferguson
Throughout Canadian history we’ve discriminated against non-anglo-saxon groups of people on many occasions. Although we are now known as a country that accepts all cultures and races, we haven’t always been deserving of that status. During World War I, World War II, and post-war times we treated other ethnic groups unfairly and because of this Canada does not deserve its multicultural reputation. Canada’s army limited who could fight, be treated with respect, and be acknowledged in the army during World War I, depending on their ethnic background. To begin, all Canadian citizens who were of age were allowed to enlist for the war, but many ethnic people were declined. Most Black Canadian applicants were rejected, and a
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Canada’s army limited who could fight, be treated with respect, and be acknowledged depending on the colour of people’s skin during World War I. During World War II, many Canadians had anti-semitic, and anti-japanese views, leading the country to reject hundreds of Jewish refugees and put 23 000 Japanese Canadians into internment camps. Lastly, Canada disrespected culture in post-war times with the French Canadians, Chilean refugees, and First Nations people. The definition of multiculturalism is, “the coexistence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles,” Canada has not stayed true to this definition on many occasions, and even though our treatment to different cultures is better now, our history makes us unqualified for a multicultural

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