1. Culture- a way of life shared by a group of people.
2. Immigrants- are people who came from other countries to live in Canada.
3. Multicultural: refers to the fact that Canada is a country of many different cultures.
4. Racism: occurs when people are not treated fairly because of their cultural or ethnic differences.
5. Traditions: are beliefs, values, stories and ways of doing things that are passed on to us from our ancestors. They form our cultural heritage.
6. Ethnic group: a group of people sharing the same traditions and the same background.
7. Aboriginal: refers to the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country. In the Canadian Constitution, the term Aboriginal Peoples refers to the Native, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada.
8. . Bilingual: the ability to speak two languages.
9. . Genealogy: is the study of family history by tracing ancestors back in time.
10. Census: a statistical survey of a population. It is usually an official survey done by the government. In Canada, census information is collected every five years. Because it has to be tabulated, information does not reach the public for a few years after that. As a result, the statistics are always somewhat out of date. A census contains much information that helps people to understand trends in the population.
11. Prejudice: Prejudging usually unfavorably, the actions or characteristics of a group of people based on the actions of only a few members of that group.
12. Stereotype: A belief about a person or group of people does not recognize individual differences.
13. Discrimination: Behavior that is based on prejudiced attitudes and beliefs.
14. Values: are beliefs and ways of doing things that are considered important, either by an individual or by an entire culture.
15. Indian act: the law by which the federal government regulates Native Peoples affairs in Canada. The first Indian Act was passed in 1876, but it has been changed many times since then.
16. Self-government is a right claimed by Aboriginal Peoples to control by Aboriginal Peoples to control their own education, legal, justice, and social systems.
17. Treaties: Legal agreements negotiated between two or more nations.
18. List of Rights: A list of demands the provisional Métis Government presented to the federal government in 1869.
19. Assimilation: is what happens when one cultural group absorbs the characteristics of another. In the case of the Aboriginal Peoples, the government tried to force them to assimilate. Sometimes assimilation can happen naturally and voluntarily.
20. Mainstream Culture: Comprise the values and traditions of the majority.
21. Segregated: means being separate or apart.
22. United Empire Loyalists: Were American colonists who stayed loyal to Britain during the American Revolution. Many thousands came north to live in Canada.
23. Refugee: Defined by the United Nations as a person with a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinions.
24. Displaced persons: people left homeless in their own country as a result of war, famine, or a political disturbance.
25. Self-determination: the right to make your own decisions about what nest for your community.
26. Employment equity: is a government program that attempts to make sure that jobs are open to all qualified people, regardless of their gender, skin, color, physical disability, racial background, or religious beliefs.
27. Canadian Citizenship Act: describes who may become a citizenship of Canada.
28. Citizenship: means belonging to and participating in your society, your country, your province and your community.
29. Multiculturalism: refers to a country that has many distinct cultures existing side by side. It also refers to the federal government legislation that encourages this diversity, and helps to make sure that no one suffers discrimination due to his or her cultural or ethnic background.
30. Rights: are things to which people are entitled. Many rights are protected by law.
31. Responsibilities: are obligations that we owe to other people and to our community.
32. Unanimously: means that everyone is in complete assignment.
33. Anthropologists: are people who study other cultures.
34. Allophone: refers to some who spears other than French or English.