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Positive and Negative Aspects of Multiculturalism In CanadaCanada is a homeland for a variety of cultures because of the variety of mixed races and has since been called The Mosaic for that reason Canada has great appeal to many immigrants that want to leave in search of a better life This in turn has made Canada one of the biggest sites for multiculturalism in the worldMulticulturalism effects Canada in both positive and negative ways Before exploring these aspects it is important to first understand the meaning of multiculturalism Its simple definition is the existence of a culturally integrated society By this definition it seems easy to avoid problems however many problems do arise when a society is forced to change and growEducation is causing a major problem when it comes to how it will deal with a growing multicultural society There has recently been complaints from various cultural groups abut Canadian school curriculum In 1987 a group called the Rainbow Coalition argued that the majority of the books in the curriculum were written by dead white European males They felt that this was denying students of the knowledge of the contributions of people of colour women and other oppressed groups Toward the end of 1987 the faculty voted 39-4 to change the curriculum and eliminate the term western in order to implicate at least one study of non-European culture Gould 1995Supporters of multicultural education argue that it offers students a balanced appreciation of other cultures as well as our own Stotsky 1992 This does hold some validity but it is also true that one would never have enough time in a school year to equally cover the contributions of each individual nationality This type of pressure is being placed on to teachers by many cultural activists all over Canada The only options teachers have would be to lengthen the school year or to modify the curriculum to fits what each teacher individually feels are
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