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Is Multiculturalism Good For Canada Or Does Create More Cultural Divisions In Our Society Canada is a country of diversity In addition to Aboriginal people and the founding British and French groups there are a wide variety of ethnic groups represented in the Canadian population including large numbers of German Italian Dutch Ukrainian Chinese Black and Indo-Pakistani people among others Close to 10 of the adult population of Canada are visible minorities with this figure expected to double in the next twenty years The psychological study of ethnic relations has much to contribute toward understanding and promoting positive relations among the varied ethnic groups now calling themselves Canadian Ethnic relations in Canada are particularly important to address at this time for several reasons First there is growing concern about strained ethnic relations in Canada including awareness of the poor treatment of Native people rising tensions between French and English Canadians and prejudice toward visible minorities who are increasingly represented in the Canadian population In addition because of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Canada there are now ethnic groups with very different cultural and religious backgrounds and practices who must try to get along in this country These diverse ethnic groups are not expected to assimilate to one set of Canadian practices but instead under a policy of multiculturalism they are encouraged to maintain their unique cultural backgrounds while sharing in the Canadian experience This may be a difficult task given that cultural and value differences have been cited as a potential source of conflict among groups Moreover some ethnic groups bring with them histories of conflict in their countries of origin and it is imperative that these histories do not become part of the Canadian fabric Finally exacerbating this situation is the fact that the current economic situation in Canada is characterized by financial restraint and competition over scarce resources These conditions may lead individuals to question the benefits of Canadas
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