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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 26, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Diversity and Cultural Groups



Cultural diversity refers to the presence of different cultural groups in one place. In 2001, the UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity was adopted. Canada has been a leader in the formulation and the promotion of the Declaration as well as in the adoption of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2005.

When Europeans arrived on the shores of what is now Canada, there were already 56 Aboriginal nations with more than 30 languages. Today, diversity is a key part of the Canadian society.

Canada is a country of 32 million people, with cultural groups from all over the world, and a yearly immigration rate of about 200,000. That adds to the richness of Canadian culture and confirms our values of respect, compassion and acceptance.