Diversity in Manitoba: Many cultures, one neighbourhood

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Manitoba is known as a melting pot of many cultures. In fact, it has always been a multicultural society from the time it was inhabited by its original population, the Indigenous Peoples. It is proud of this diversity and sees strength in the collaboration of various cultural communities.

As a newcomer, a major component of your settlement journey will be adjusting to cultural norms and learning the best ways to respect and work harmoniously with people around you. Integrating into your new country is a give and take – we are allowed to share the best parts of our respective cultures while adapting elements of others’ into our everyday lives. This requires flexibility, respect, tolerance and understanding. Yes, it is easier said than done!

However, slowly but surely, and with an open mind, you will learn to adapt and even appreciate the melding of various ways of life, beliefs and practices. When you strive to know more about other cultures, you will understand people better. You might even find a renewed appreciation of your own.

Here are 10 basic terms you need to know about living in diverse Manitoba:

  1. Diversity

    People from different countries, cultures, races and religions living in one place.

  2. Multiculturalism

    Welcoming and celebrating many different cultures and exploring the benefits of diversity.

  3. Human rights

    All people having equal opportunity and protection.

  4. Equality

    All people having the same rights and benefits.

  5. Stereotype

    An opinion or generalization that people have about a person or group based on prior assumptions (Diversity Awareness for Newcomers II).

  6. Discrimination

    An action or a decision that treats a person or a group negatively for reasons such as their race, age or disability (Canadian Human Rights Commission). Know more about grounds of discrimination and how to file a complaint if you are discriminated against on the Canadian Human Rights Commission site.

  7. Prejudice

    Attitudes against a person or group because of race, gender or religion based on judgments formed without accurate knowledge (Diversity Awareness for Newcomers II).

  8. Racism-free workplace strategy

    Part of the initiatives of the Canadian Action Plan Against Racism (CAPAR) that prevents discrimination and promotes integration of visible minorities and Indigenous Peoples in the workplace.

    This video will explain the concepts of equality and human rights, as well as show examples of racism and discrimination and what possible means of recourse you have if this happens to you:

  9. Intercultural

    People from different cultures, races and religions sharing and learning from each other.

  10. Integration

    People of many backgrounds blending with the broader society while maintaining their culture.

    These videos will show examples of immigrants who have successfully integrated into Canadian culture while maintaining their own. It will also discuss the benefits of being open-minded about getting to know, participating and being present in the larger Manitoban community.

 
Article updated July 10, 2020.

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Community Resources

Manitoba has a Multiculturalism Secretariat that works with ethnocultural organizations to support community development.  It advances the goals of the Manitoba Multiculturalism Act which lays down policies that protect and promote cultural diversity.

Know more about human rights from the Manitoba Human Rights Commission page.

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