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Food’s important for human health and cultural identity

In particular, the significance of food as medicine and as a cultural-spiritual identity, based on my research in an indigenous community in Lembata, Eastern Indonesia. The research is concerned with indigenous knowledge of traditional food and medicinal plants. From the stories shared by the locals involved in the storytelling, I gather that there is a shortage of local types of food, such as black and brown rice, corn, beans and millet. These staples are no longer consumed as the main diet in the community.

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8 ways students can build a cultural identity

Days spent in the classroom are often centered around language, reading, math, science and other traditional curriculum, but there’s another key subject students may learn about without even realizing it: themselves. LaRayne Woster is the Native American Studies Lead and Cultural Specialist at St. Joseph’s Indian School, a small nonprofit Native American school making a difference ipreserving the culture and heritage of its students. As a cultural specialist, Woster developed a unique project with her students, helping them discover who they are and where they came from.

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Culture, diversity important to young people

Contrary to the ideological divides among Canadian news media when it comes to multiculturalism, university students are not only enthusiastic about sharing their own cultures with each other but are keen to learn about new ones. That’s what a pilot study at the University of Winnipeg conducted earlier this year whose objective was to gauge how undergraduate students think and feel about multiculturalism, cultural identity, diversity and inclusion. It involved 10 undergraduate students who served as the focus group by participating in two one-hour long discussions revolving around culture and heritage.

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Why Heritage Preservation Is Way More Important Than You Thought

Upon first hearing the phrase, heritage preservation may sound more like the study of the chemicals used to keep the collection of canned soup at Grandma’s in an edible state, or at least a boring course you dodged in university. As it turns out, however, the planned preservation of our historical and cultural resources is actually hugely important for urban planners and residents alike.

Here are the top 5 reasons why the City of Mississauga continues to work with its residents to preserve our local heritage.

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How reconnecting with their cultures is helping people find their most authentic selves

People have a desire to learn about their culture especially when looking for community, expert says. “For some people, it’s really important as to their identity and they may have felt very lost and they feel this very strong sense that they need to find out who they are and where they came from,” Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar says, a professor at Ryerson University specializing in sociology and Caribbean studies.

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Statement by the Prime Minister on the 50th anniversary of Canada’s multiculturalism policy

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the 50th anniversary of Canada’s multiculturalism policy:

“On this day in 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced multiculturalism as an official government policy – the first of its kind in the world – to recognize the contribution of cultural diversity and multicultural citizenship to the Canadian social fabric.

“The diversity of Canadians is a fundamental characteristic of our heritage and identity. For generations, newcomers from all over the world, of all backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths, cultures, and languages, have been coming to Canada with the hopes of making it their home. Today, in addition to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, people from more than 250 ethnic groups call Canada home and celebrate their cultural heritage with pride – they are at the heart of our success as a vibrant, prosperous, and progressive country.

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What Is Cultural Diversity And Why Is It Important?

The things you do and the practices you were taught inform who you become. Culture is a broad term that encompasses beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and overall can be understood as our “way of being.” When you go out into the world, you will come into contact with people from different backgrounds and walks of life. It’s a good rule of thumb to honor cultural diversity with your actions. So, what is cultural diversity and why does it matter?

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It’s hard to maintain cultural identity when you move out of the family home

This First Person article is the experience of Neha Chollangi, a first-generation Indo-Canadian: “When I realized I hadn’t eaten with my hands in months, I feared I might be losing touch with my culture.”

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Peterborough’s New Canadians Centre invites you to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27

Taking place on June 27 every year, Canadian Multiculturalism Day is a day to celebrate Canada’s diversity and reflect on how multiculturalism enriches the fabric of Canadian society. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Canada adopting a policy of multiculturalism, the first country in the world to do so. 

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