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Canadian Culture


Get to Know Canada!

Experience Canadian Culture at Vancouver Island University (VIU)Canada is rich in diversity, with a multitude of ethnic, religious and linguistic groups. This diversity is especially unique as Canada was the first country to officially adopt multiculturalism as a policy.

Canada has over one million people with aboriginal identity, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. Our Nanaimo campus is situated on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people, and the campus is home to our Centre for Aboriginal Education & Engagement. We acknowledge and thank the Coast Salish and Snuneymuxw people for the opportunity to learn and live on their traditional territories.

With such rich diversity, there are many different perspectives on what is considered a “Canadian” trait. Come with an open mind and discover more about the many people and cultures of Canadians as part of your journey.

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For a more detailed inquiry before you arrive, check out Canada’s Centre for Intercultural Learning and their perspective on Canadian culture with the Country Insights Tool, which describes interesting generalizations, such as:


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Finally, for a personalized list of settlement steps to take as you adjust to life in Canada, check out Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s "Living in Canada"

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