Adapting to Canadian culture

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You may have been told stories about how great life in Canada is, or how friendly Manitobans are prior to coming here. While these stories can be true, what you expect may be different from what you experience once you’re here. For example, while Manitobans are friendly, some newcomers might find it hard to make personal connections because of the language barrier or perhaps, culture.

Although the process of assimilation can vary from person to person, newcomers generally go through the same stages of cultural adaptation. This will be discussed in the following video by Francis Tremblay of Entry Program. Aside from this, he will also talk about the elements of successful cultural adaptation, the features of Canadian life (how Canadians view time, communication, status, rule of law, and community life) and suggestions on how to adjust to various situations.

This one-hour lecture will provide great strategies for you. You might need a pen and paper for taking notes:

Francis Tremblay – Cultural Adaptation (Version 2) from northpointproductions.ca on Vimeo.

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Community Resources

Learn more about Canada’s culture, history and sport at the Canada.ca site.

The Culture of Canada from the Vancouver University site offers a glimpse of Canadian cultural values. This is written especially for international students.

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