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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Canadian Society

Canada is a nation that ranks among the very best for its quality of life.

Canadian society has been recognized for its principles of fairness, compassion, justice, and opportunity for all. These principles are deep-rooted in our laws and our institutions and our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which applies not only to Canadian Citizens, but many parts guarantee the rights of anyone who is present in Canada or has dealings with the Canadian Government or its agencies, but above all, these principles are ingrained in our culture.

Canadian society is defined by its cultural diversity. When everyone is accepted and respected, the outcome is a more harmonious, creative and stable society. Canadians continue to learn from the rich history of First Nations and from the dynamic relationship between Anglophones and Francophones. Canada is a young society, one that is still being shaped by immigration from the entire world, making us a nation where language, religion and ethnic background are not the source of conflict but one of understanding and unity. A date to remember: Canadians commemorate their country’s birthday every year on July1.

Canada Day is a celebration of Confederation in 1867, when the British North America Act united Ontario with three other provinces to form the Dominion of Canada. Dominion Day was renamed Canada Day in 1982. Celebrate Canada! is an eleven-day celebration which takes place from June 21 to July 1.