Diversity in Manitoba: Many cultures, one neighbourhood

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Manitoba is a multicultural province

  1. It is where many cultures meet.
  2. It has always been a multicultural society. It has been so from the time of its original population, the Indigenous peoples.
  3. It is proud of this diversity.
  4. It is strong because different cultural communities work together.

Integration is hard work

  1. You have to adjust to multicultural ways.
  2. Respect everyone. Learn to work harmoniously with people around you.
  3. It is a give and take. Share the best parts of your culture. Adapt other cultures’ ways as well.
  4. Be flexible, respectful, tolerant and understanding. It is easier said than done!
  5. Keep an open mind. You will learn to adapt slowly but surely.
  6. Appreciate the mixing of ways of life, beliefs and practices.
  7. Learn more about other cultures. You will understand people better.
  8. You will have a new appreciation of your own culture.

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

Diversity

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

Multiculturalism

  • Welcoming many cultures.
  • Appreciating the benefits of diversity.
  • Enjoying our differences and similarities.

Watch this video to know more about diversity and multiculturalism:

Human rights

  • Everyone having equal opportunity and protection.

Equality

  • Everyone having the same rights and benefits.

Stereotype

  • A general opinion about a person or group.
  • It is based on assumptions.
  • It can be good or bad.
  • Example: All Asians are good at math.

Discrimination

  • Treating a person or a group negatively because of their race, age or disability.

Prejudice

  • Attitude against a person or group based on race, gender or religion.
  • Judgement of a person or group not based on facts.

Racism-free workplace strategy

This video will explain equality and human rights. It will show examples of racism and discrimination. It will let you know what you should do if you are discriminated against:

Intercultural

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

Integration

  • People of different backgrounds blending in the society.
  • Maintaining your culture while participating in a multicultural society.

These videos will show examples of immigrants who have successfully integrated into Canadian culture. They will show the benefits of being open-minded. These are about knowing and participating in the Manitoban community.

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Community Resources

Manitoba’s Multiculturalism Secretariat works with ethnocultural organizations. It supports community development.

Learn about Diversity and Employment Equity at the Manitoba Civil Service Commission site.

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

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