Multiculturalism in Canada

$200 cad
Fri Mar 10, 2:00 PM - Fri Apr 21, 4:00 PM (EST)
Traill College, 310 London Street, Peterborough, ON, CANADA  
Multiculturalism in Canada



“Canada is one of the world’s most multicultural societies. Of its population of almost 36 million people, 20.6 percent are foreign-born, and more than 250 ethnic origins are represented. The current ethnic and religious diversity is expected to continue growing alongside immigration in the coming years. Multiculturalism, and the integration of newcomers and their descendants, has been part of our past, is part of our present, and will be part of our future.” (Griffith, 2015). In recent years, there has been a greater acknowledgement and acceptance of mixed and multiple identities in Canada. While most Canadians appear favourable to the ideal of multiculturalism, others see the multicultural message as discouraging newcomers from adopting Canadian values. So, what are Canadian values? 

Over the course of 6 weeks, this workshop will explore the history of multiculturalism in Canada and the influence of multiculturalism in social development. Using a mixed media of videos, art and literature, the history of multiculturalism in Canada will be explored beginning with the interactions of First Nations peoples and British and French settlers. Other cultures that were also present at the time will be identified and examined on their influence in creating modern day Canada. 


Week 1 – Canada & Multiculturalism: Where did We Begin? 

“Over five decades, multiculturalism has evolved from a feel-good ideal to official policy to a national article of faith and a defining part of Canada's national identity. The surfacing of anti-multicultural sentiment in Canada and anxieties over immigration and asylum seekers can seem jarring in that context.” 

Prior to class, learners will be prompted to think about their understanding of the history of multiculturalism in Canada to be shared in class 

 

Week 2 – Canada & Multiculturalism: Here & Now Canada’s Multicultural Image

Learners will be prompted to think about their understanding of multiculturalism in Canada and the ways they interact with multi-cultures in everyday. Students will discuss their experiences in break-out groups and large group. 

 

Week 3 – Multiculturalism as Canada  

Students will explore 2 virtual museums to explore multicultural artforms that represent the cultural dynamics of Canada and youth perspective on multiculturalism in Canada. 

Learners will take note of 2 artifacts that resonates with them in highlighting the importance of multiculturalism in Canada. 

Introduce final task:  

• Reflexive product(s) that demonstrates the connections that learners are beginning to make to the influence of multiculturalism to everyday life.

• In small groups, learners will brainstorm ideas for their products that they will be sharing in the last class (product could be a presentation, something from home, or something created). 

 

Week 4 – Canada, Multiculturalism & Tensions Rising Canada’s Multicultural Image

Inquiry exploration: As a class, we will brainstorm inquiry questions and thoughts to explore on tensions in varying provinces in Ontario. o Inquiry question ideas:

Findings on the inquiry questions will be explored and shared in class.  

 

Week 5 – Multiculturalism & Me  

Learners will create a word cloud that represents how they perceive multiculturalism in modern day. Learners will share why they choose the word(s) that they inputted in the word cloud. 

• In small groups, learners will continue to work on their products that they will be sharing in the last class (product could be a presentation, something from home, or something created). 

 

Week 6 – Reflexive Practice: What now? 

In this final class, learners will share their reflexive product(s) that demonstrates the connections that they have made to the influence of multiculturalism to their lives. Students will also share how their perspectives or ideas about the influence of multiculturalism in Canada has changed, deepened, or adapted. 


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Iyanuoluwa Akinrinola

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  • Agostina Prigioni
  • 705 748 1011 ex. 6419
Traill College, 310 London Street, Peterborough, ON, CANADA
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