Celebrating Canada FAISAL ASEEL CGC1D0-H

This year is Canada's 150th anniversary and to celebrate we were to make an Adobe Spark website showcasing three thing we love and value about Canada! The three things I value the most about Canada are the multiculturalism, free health care, and our rights and freedoms, here's why!

Multiculturalism

In 1971 Canada made multiculturalism an official policy. Multiculturalism means having a variety of ethnic backgrounds and cultures. This policy was made so all Canadians would be treated equally no matter where you came from or when you came, it should help encourage Canadians to be a whole rather than discriminating against each other and help all Canadians with their self-confidence. Some multicultural Canadian celebrations are National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Multiculturalism Day, Black Heritage Month, and Asian Heritage Month ("Canadian Multiculturalism: An Inclusive Citizenship"). Here are some facts about multiculturalism in Canada:

  • Canada became one of the world's main immigrant-receiving societies through the 18th and 20th centuries.
  • 21% of Canadians in 2011 were immigrants born outside of the country.
  • 93.5% of Canadians speak a Canadian official language as well speak their mother tongue ("Annual Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act 2012-2013").
  • According to the 2011 census, 4% of the population is aboriginal, 55% is Canadian, British and/or French, 22% is other European and 19% is other non-European.
  • Based on 1996, 2001, 2006, and the 2011 census the group "Other Non-European" is increasing in percentage over time while the group "Canadian, British, and/or French" is decreasing (Burnet and Driedger).

Multiculturalism should be valued by everyone because it signifies unity within the communities of Canada. Multiculturalism shows how everyone in Canada is here for a purpose, most immigrants came to Canada to start a new life for themselves and to have a better life for their children. Canadians also became more knowledgeable due to all the multiculturalism. Many people are learning new things about different cultures through the different celebrations and the locals of the neighborhoods.

Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Bill of Rights was created in 1960 then the Charter of rights and freedoms in 1982, these were established to protect our rights and freedoms. The most basic rights and freedoms are the right to life, liberty, security, enjoyment of property, equality, non-discrimination, and the freedom of speech. A couple of other rights and freedoms are:

  • "Everyone in Canada is free to practise any religion or no religion at all."
  • "Every Canadian citizen has the right to vote in elections for Members of Parliament and representatives in provincial and territorial legislatures, and to seek election themselves, subject to certain limited exceptions (for example, minimum voting age), which have been found to be reasonable and justifiable."
  • "Canadian citizens have the right to enter, remain in, or leave the country."
  • "The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is a basic constitutional guarantee."
  • "Everyone has the right to use English or French in any debates and other proceedings of Parliament." ("Rights and freedoms in Canada").

Most people take their rights and freedoms for granted but they're in my opinion the most important set of laws you'll need in your life. These laws give you the freedom to live your life the way you'd like to, allow you to think what you want, and be what you want. Without these laws, you'd be restrained to do what everyone else tells you to, imagine living in a country where you wouldn't be able to leave by no means, be controlled by a dictator, cannot practise religion, not be able to have an opinion.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms established in 1982

Free Health Care

1947 was when it all started, the government of Saskatchewan decided to introduce publicly funded health care to their province. In 1950 British Columbia and Alberta decided to also join the idea. Soon enough, all provinces and territories joined in and the government of Canada passed the Canada Health Act in 1984. Since then improvements and minor changes have been made to the system (Canada's Health Care System). If you're not understanding how this all works, basically all Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for a health insurance and this is when you are able to benefit from the system the most. Although we call it "free health care", the money comes from the taxes we're paying and not all expenses are taken care of, some expenses are being paid from your own pocket. Some extended health insurances are:

  • Prescription medication
  • Dental care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Ambulance services
  • Prescription eyeglasses (After you arrive: Health care in Canada).

In my opinion, this system is very important because it's helpful to low-income families. They may not be the majority but they're still important, without the free health care they wouldn't be able to afford medical help and may even pass away. This also helps them financially, they put their money towards other important things like supporting their children, shelter, clothes, and food. This is also helpful because it keeps me feeling safe. Knowing that no matter what happens, I will always have someone to care for me when I'm sick, ill, or injured makes me feel very grateful.

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