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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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