Canada is a strong country with a wide diverse population. Truly people from everywhere around the world come to the north to settle in Canada. We have truly a different type of culture because of all of this diversity. From different traditions, work, food, technology and more. I find it amazing to be able to go to a public place and see people that are all different. Diversity truly makes a community thrive. Different people think in different ways and it helps perceive problems differently and over improve a society. It is a core part of Canada.
Diversity is truly important for Canada. In 2012 alone 257, 515 newcomers from all over the world entered the country. Right now over 20% of Canada's population consists of immigrants. That is a stunning amount of people that are widely diverse in the country. There are over 200 ethnic origins people are from in Canada. All different and which of whom 13 have passed the 1 million population mark (Evans). This is a huge amount of people that are not born in Canada living here. It is spectacular that diversity is allowing people to survive on the North and not only survive, but thrive.
The movement to Canada (Poster)
Canada has always been destined to be populated by immigrants from all over the world. People have always been moving to Canada even sine the 17th century. However, the big move started in the 18th century. The Last Best West was the solution to populate Western Canada. Offering land to anyone who was eligible to move, people slowly started populating the West. People from Great Britain, Scotland, France, and Ukraine all came to populate the great west. It truly was a struggle, but this is where it all started. The West became populated and slowly Canada began to prosper. The Last Best West accomplished its goal and did what it was intended to.
People aboard the Komagata Maru
Around the end of the Last Best West a big incident happened. A ship called the Komagata Maru landed in Vancouver and had aboard almost 400 East Indians (Johnston). This was one of the first times Indians had landed foot in Canada. While Canada is diverse there were rules and the boat ended up being rejected and people couldn't enter. Some people were shot and killed and some even imprisoned(Johnston). This is a big event that is history of Canada's diversity. While these people were rejected, Indians still immigrated soon after. This was a problem, however the big thing is that in the end legally people from India ended up moving to Canada. I believe this was good because if they weren't allowed then maybe I would't be here. I bring this up because I always feel this is a part of Indo-Canadian Culture, my culture.
Truly we are still all Canadian at the end of the Day!
While Canada had its good and bad, we are Canadian at the end. All of us from South, West, East and North are all part of a society. A society of difference and respect. We live happily with each other caring about the person before their background. Truly a beautiful scene that is rare and Canada is one of the places you can find it. I love this country because of how it depends on these people looking for a better life. It is a country of opportunity that is accepting so many people. Immigrants came first, but now we are even accepting refugees that are trying to escape their country full of war. All Canadians should be proud of such a noble act and we accept these people. We hear their cry for help. Canada is all about its people. Its people control everything and hold this country up. I love this and in the future I believe it will always be the same!