For Canada, Asia does not exist “over there.” It is, has been, and will continue to be, right here, contributing to and shaping our country. Canada’s citizenry includes over 7.5 million people — almost 22 per cent of the population — who were born outside Canada. Recent immigrants to this country are more likely to have come from Asia and the Middle East than from Europe. Chinese ancestry, East Indian ancestry and Filipino ancestry are among the 20 most common ancestries reported by the Canadian population. (Census of Canada, 2016).
This collection of articles, exhibits, images and quizzes explores francophone Canada in all its complexity, bringing its communities, institutions and struggles for language and education rights into focus. It also showcases francophone culture in Canada, from arts, literature, music, folklore and symbols to the identity and heritage of these communities. Above image: Saint Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nov. 2013. 38962960 © Wwphoto | Dreamstime.com
Canada has its roots in immigration and remains a nation formed of many different communities. From European colonization of Aboriginal territory to the recent arrival of refugees from Syria, the laws and regulations governing immigration to Canada have long been marked by discrimination. On the other hand, Canadians have shown their humanity by welcoming several hundred thousand refugees with open arms over the course of the country’s history. As a result, diverse cultural, religious and linguistic communities have established themselves here and integrated into Canadian society — some with relative ease, others with greater difficulty. Through articles, features, exhibits and timelines, this collection explores the diversity that defines Canadian society today. Image below: Vancouver's Chinatown, ca. 1955. © Rolly Ford/Heritage Vancouver.
Robert Sutherland est avocat et bienfaiteur (né vers 1830 en Jamaïque et décédé le 2 juin 1878 à Toronto, en Ontario). Il est le premier étudiant noir, diplômé de l’université et avocat au Canada. Il fait don de ses biens à l’Université Queen’s, son alma mater, pour sortir l’établissement des difficultés financières.
Shelton L. Brooks. Auteur-compositeur, pianiste, comédien, acteur (Amherstburg, près de Windsor, Ont., 4 mai 1886 - Los Angeles, Cal., 6 sept. 1975). Enfant, Brooks joue de l'orgue et du piano à la maison et fréquente l'Église épiscopale méthodiste Nazery African de son père qui est prédicateur.