Anglican Resources for Multicultural Sunday

— Description: Designating and celebrating the Feast of Pentecost as a Multicultural Sunday allows the Anglican Diocese of Toronto to embody a vision to recognize the value of diversity in building communities of hope and compassion as expressed in Ephesians 2:19: So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. It is our hope that these parish resources will help reflect and act on what it means to be a multicultural church. — Keywords: church planting, Christian ministry, newcomers, missions, immigrant services, multicultural, social justice, new Canadians, immigrant, foreigner, alien, migrant, intercultural, diversity, cross-cultural, missional, commission, church development, worship, church, evangelism — External Links: http://www.toronto.anglican.ca/parish-life/diversity-resources

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Canada’s Ethnocultural Mosaic, 2006 Census

Published by authority of the Minister responsible for Statistics Canada © Minister of Industry, 2008 — Description: This report examines the ethnic origins of Canada’s population using data from the 2006 Census. It also provides information on the nation’s visible minority population. Each wave of immigration to Canada has increased the ethnocultural diversity of the nation’s population. In fact, the 2006 Census enumerated more than 200 different ethnic origins. Ethnic origin refers to the ethnic or cultural origins of the respondent’s ancestors. An ancestor is someone from whom a person is descended and is usually more distant than a grandparent. In contrast, the 1901 Census recorded about 25 different ethnic groups in Canada. People who reported Aboriginal ancestries, and British and French origins, comprised the lion’s share of the population at that time. The list of ethnic origins in 2006 includes cultural groups associated with Canada’s Aboriginal people (North American Indian, Métis and Inuit) and the European groups that first settled in Canada, such as the English, French Scottish and Irish. It includes origins of immigrants who came to Canada over the past century, such as German, Italian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Dutch, Polish, East Indian and so on. Among newer groups

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United Way Report on Poverty by Postal Code

Description (from the United Way website): The number of poor Toronto neighbourhoods is rising at a rapid rate. In the past two decades, Toronto has changed dramatically and not all for the good. The income gap is widening and neighbourhood poverty has intensified. As the numbers of high poverty neighbourhoods increase — especially in the inner suburbs — everyone’s quality of life suffers. United Way explores the changing geography of neighbourhood poverty in Poverty by Postal Code, its newest report. Poverty by Postal Code encourages public debate and action — the first steps in preserving Toronto as one of the best places in the world to live. — Keywords: demographics, new Canadians, immigrant, foreigner, sojourner, alien, migrant, intercultural, diversity, multicultural, cross-cultural, statistics — External Links: http://web.archive.org/web/20140222164621/http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/whatWeDo/reports/povertyByPostalCode.php

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Cultural Dissonance Among Generations: A Solution-Focused Approach with East Asian Elders and Their Families

From the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Vol. 30(4), Ohio State University, 2004 By Mo Yee Lee and LeeAnn Mjelde-Mossey — Abstract: In traditional East Asian cultures, high value is assigned to family harmony and filial piety coupled with the expectation that elders will be honored and obeyed. A lifetime of such expectations shapes how elders perceive their role and status in the family. Problems can arise when younger, less traditional, generations do not share these expectations. This article describes a solution-focused approach that facilitates the family in creating a beneficial harmony in situations of cultural dissonance. Family members are empowered to draw on personal strengths in which multiple worldviews and values of individual members are recognized, incorporated, and negotiated. — Keywords: multicultural, intercultural, diversity, cross-cultural, demographics, culture, ethnic profiles, settlement, family therapy —

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Global Faith Forum

— Abstract: The Global Faith Forum highlights multifaith programs that are already making a difference. We won’t just talk about the programs, you’ll hear first hand from the people who are involved, including the challenges they face and the opposition they must overcome. — Keywords: Multi-faith programs, cross-cultural, multicultural — Additional Links: http://globalfaithforum.com

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