It is difficult to define Vancouver and for that matter, Canada as it was, and still is, built on multi-culturalism. Done right, it is the peaceful coexistence of a culturally diverse or multiethnic population where multiculturalism is adopted as an integrative policy. Not to say that there aren’t challenges and that we always do this right and that racism and bigotry don’t exist in Canada. However living amongst various cultures has become mainstream and made us stronger, more accepting and appreciative of other lifestyles, customs and ways of life whether in our personal or business environments.
Here are some advantages of living in our diverse society:
Canada is not the only country rich in ethnic heritage however, along with our indigenous population we were built on this and evolve based on the cultures we live amongst. It is important as a society that we strive to be good citizens to help the less fortunate, be accepting and tolerant of others but we also need to work at being good countries. I feel fortunate that I can call Vancouver home. We’re a city in the world but also seem to be a world in the city.
Emily Edwards, CMP, DMCP
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