This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Extent Of Immigration On Canadian History

1069 words - 4 pages

Canada is very proud and well-known for its vast amount of immigration over hundreds of years. But to what extent has this immigration defined Canadian identity? Immigration has played a key role in shaping and forming Canadian identity. It is very clear that Canadian identity has been greatly influenced by immigration, due to the vast amount of ideas and other aspects of the immigrant culture that has been brought to Canada. One example of this is what the English contributed to Canadian identity. With them they brought a system of government which Canada uses today, as well as one of Canada's national languages, being English. British immigrants also brought a religion with them, which is widely practiced throughout the country. Due to the settling and ideas of both the French and English who immigrated to Canada, Canada has a very strong dual-culture. Many acts helped progress Canada to where it is now, such as the Quebec Act and the Act of Union (Laferriere). The European settlement of Western Canada also had a strong effect on the shaping of Canadian identity.The many ideas British immigrants brought with them largely helped shape Canadian identity. Canada's style of government is a major example of how strongly our identity has been influenced by the British immigrants. Canada is run under a constitutional monarchy. This means that a king or a queen acts as Canada's head of state, while the power to make decisions is under the control of the parliament, the leader of which being the Prime Minister. It is due to Britain that Canada adopted a system of government such as a constitutional monarchy, compared to a system more similar to that of the United States for example. The Queen of England is a major symbol in Canada, and this is mainly because of how many British immigrated to Canada, and how many helped form Canadian culture. British immigration also influenced the main language Canadians speak. Due to the fact that so many English-speaking British immigrants immigrated to Canada, one of Canada's official languages is English. Language is a significant part of a country's culture, and the vast amount of British immigration largely affected what language Canadians would speak. Another main part of Canadian culture which came from the British is one of Canada's main religions. Since different immigrants have brought so many religions with them, Canada does not have one official religion. Instead, Canadians practice a number of different religions. Christianity, though, is most practiced by Canadians, with 75.9% of the population practicing Christianity, either Catholicism or Protestantism. (Canada). Most Canadians practice Christianity due to the large amounts of British immigrants, who practiced Christianity, and brought their religious beliefs over the Atlantic Ocean with them. It is clear that British immigration has played a very key role in defining Canadian identity, government, language, and religion.The Western Plains of Canada...

Find Another Essay On The Extent of Immigration on Canadian History

History of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, A.K.A. The RCMP

1395 words - 6 pages history of the Canadian West, Superintendent Sam Steele was head of "D" Division, North-West Mounted Police when they marched to Kootenay Post in 1887. Choosing a site for the post near Galbraith's Ferry, Steele dispensed justice and defused the tensions that had initiated a NWMP presence in the area. Steele was born in Purbrook, Ontario, in 1849, into a family with a strong tradition of military service. Although orphaned at age thirteen Steele

A Brief History of The Canadian Automotive Industry

2469 words - 10 pages border, given that certain industry requirements had been met. Through analyzing the history and the weaknesses of the Canadian automotive industry in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, this essay will affirm that the Auto Pact was a necessary restructuring of the North American car industry that inherently benefited Canada’s continental automotive trade with the United States. The Auto Pact of 1965 was a free trade agreement that allowed for the

Historical Periods of Canadian History

1429 words - 6 pages Logically organizing a topic as diverse and wide-ranging as Canadian history into specific periods is complex and challenging. Canadian history spans hundreds of years, covers numerous events from varying points of views, and contains dimensions of culture, theme, and politics. To grasp the logical and appropriate organization of history into periods, it is helpful to refer to appropriate text sources. Two Canadian History texts

The Impact of Terrorism on Immigration

3375 words - 14 pages first alternative not only runs counter to a long tradition of trust and friendship, but is likely to be strongly opposed by powerful economic interests on both sides. However, the "joint security perimeter," which is welcome by the Canadian security establishment including its present Minister of Immigration, raises the hackles of nationalists, notably Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, as yet another infringement on its sovereignty. Nevertheless

AP US History - Factors of the Immigration Act of 1924

1263 words - 5 pages House of Representatives who voted “nay” on the Immigration Act of 1924, only one was from the South (W. Turner Logan from South Carolina). American sectionalism unsurprisingly showed its patchy face; the North has usually been more morally superior and tolerating of different cultures, so naturally the North would vote against an anti-immigration act.The fear of Communists and the degradation of “one-hundred-percent Americans”

The History of Mexican Immigration to the United States

2079 words - 8 pages The History of Mexican Immigration to the United States Missing Works Cited Over the passed one and a half centuries, since the Treaty of Hidalgo in 1848 gave the United States most lands north of the Rio Grande, the 1200 mile United States-Mexican border has been a very active one. Mexicans have emigrated from their homeland in droves over these years in three major phases preceded by a small phase. The Mexicans have made this exodus in

The rivers of Red River run red with the blood of Thomas Scott! Opinioned Essay on the Red River Rebellion and the Execution of Thomas Scott: Canadian History

685 words - 3 pages Just yesterday a worthy man was viciously murdered by filthy half breeds on the account of treason. I ask you how this is possible when this loyal servant of the Queen was trying diligently to protect the rights of other loyal citizens. He was fighting against the false and unjust government wrongly set up to rebel against the true government and our noble Queen. It is indeed a sad day when the half breeds, the Métis murder one of our

History of Latino/a Immigration to the U.S

1462 words - 6 pages about Latino/as in the U.S. Three such assumptions are: all Latino/as are illegal; they are poor; and they do not have much history in the U.S. Acknowledging these as myths provides a realization that it is important not to formulate polices based on preconceptions of racialized groups. Therefore, reforming immigration policies is a complex issue and must be handled properly without any racism or nativism. Creating policies based on racism or

The Effects of September 11 on the Canadian Economy

1013 words - 4 pages The Effects of September 11 on the Canadian EconomyWhile September 11 did cause a great loss of taxpayers money that went towards security there has also has been a big loss to tourism and as a consequence the hotel business in Canada has suffered.Loss to Hotel IndustryThe front headlines of many major news papers said the news loud and clear. Hotel group says it cut 500 jobs since the U.S. terror attacks, read the Associated Press. Hotel Chain

The Effects of French-English Relations on Canadian Politics

1042 words - 4 pages Throughout the years the French, although a minority, have had a profound impact on Canadian politics and the law through their relationship with English Canadians. This will be evident after examining these four definitive events in Canadian history: conscription in World War One, the Parti Québécois, the Manitoba School Question, and the language law that made it compulsory for all English schools to teach French.The Conscription

Influence of the American Civil War on Canadian Confederation

1512 words - 6 pages Never Die, John A! Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1967MacKirdy, W. Moir, J. Zoltvany, Y. Changing Perspectives in Canadian History: Selected Problems. J.M. Dent, Don Mills, 1967Martin, W. The West and Confederation 1857-1871, The Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa, 1962Bliss, J. Canadian History in Documents, Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1966Murray-Beck, J. Joseph Howe Anti-Confederate, The Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa, 1968White, P. The Charlottetown Conference, The Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa, 1970Lunn, J. Moore, C. The Story of Canada, Lester Publishing, Canada, 1992Stephenson, W. Dawn of a Nation, Canada's Illustrated Heratige, Toronto, 1977

Similar Essays

Canadian Immigration History Essay

1617 words - 6 pages was dangerous. The net increase of population from immigration did not pass 3000.Suspicions grew on each other; immigrants from countries that were enemies of Canada were discriminated. Refugees from enemy countries were not accepted as well. As a result, the migration slowed down abruptly.In addition, not many blacks were admitted and hardly any Asians were accepted. From 1921 to 1929 the population of Asian people in Canada was actually

History Culminating Essay Topic 3 Question: The Importance Of Immigration To The Canadian Economy In The Early 20th Century

955 words - 4 pages and 40% of Canadians who had a masters were born outside of Canada) therefore they decided to start their own business and hire other immigrants who worked just as well as a Canadian workers but had a less wage. Statistics Canada Says that for every 10% increase in the population from immigration, wages in Canada are now reduced by 4% on average (with the greatest impact to more skilled workers, such as workers with post-graduate degrees whose

The History Of Chinese Immigration Essay

2301 words - 9 pages Chinatowns, found in numerous cities around the United States. The history of Chinese immigration is deeply tied with the creation of Chinatowns. Chinese immigration to the United States began in the first half of 1800s when “Chinese immigrants fleeing a faltering Qinq Dynasty came to California” (Hathaway, 44). Though the first Chinese immigrants originally planned to return back to their homeland, many of them “stayed on in the United States

History Of Immigration In The United States

1958 words - 8 pages Throughout the history of the United States immigration has become apart of our country’s fabric which, began centuries ago. Only to become a hot topic in the US in recent years with its primary focus being illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration is when people enter a country without government permission. As of 2008 the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the US which is down from 2007‘s