As we all know, Canada is a known diverse and multicultural country. We are home to people from very diverse backgrounds who have immigrated here and form a significant portion of our population. In 1971, Canada was the first country in the world to officially adopt multiculturalism; how amazing is that! It has not only given Canadian immigrants a sense of security, but also a sense of belonging. Our nation’s acceptance has given new and natural born Canadians self-confidence and pride to be part of a country with such a plethora of cultures.
It is our duty as educators to raise future citizens, and it is our job to raise them to respect who people are, and where they come from. This way, we can live in peace and harmony. If we can instil those values in them at an early age, it will become a way of living and thinking. Diversity is a national asset in Canada. By hosting “International Day” every year at RMS, we are molding our future citizens to embrace multiculturalism. It is a common saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” And as our school is a village in its own right, it is our responsibility to raise students to be appreciative and accepting of one and all, as we include all in this annual celebration of our collective and individual cultural pride!