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  • Look at this...

    Everything You Own in a Photo

    Photographs from Peter Menzel's book showing the possessions of cultures around the world.

    Source: NPR

  • Wise Words...

    "A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people."

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Did You Know...

    People In India Don't Eat Beef

    Many of India's people are vegetarians, meaning they don't eat meat. Hindus believe that the cow is a sacred animal and never eat beef.

  • Wise Words...

    "No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive."

    Mahatma Gandhi

Culture

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Culture

There are many different cultures around the world.

Every culture is unique, but closely linked to the other cultures that surround it. People must take care to preserve their history while acting inclusively towards others, respecting their differences. It is a delicate balance that takes great care to maintain. 

  • Explore The Issue

    Language

    In Canada we have two national languages: French and English. However, many Canadians also speak a number of other languages from around the world.

    Currently there are roughly 6,500 languages spoken around the world with some of them having fewer then 1000 people that speak them. Interestingly, the most popular language spoken in the world is Mandarin Chinese. 


    Food

    While western foods may center around French fries and a burger, this is not the local foods of every culture in the world. 

    In places like Japan, where they have access to more fish then beef, sushi is commonplace. Although the potato may be very popular in the west, rice is much more common in Asian countries. Food then is an extension of a local culture, reflecting the resources available to the people.


    Traditions

    Christmas and Valentines day may be some of the favorite traditions celebrate in Canada. In other cultures many different traditions are celebrated every year.

    All over the world, people of Hindu, Sikh and Janis decent celebrate every year with a 5-day light festival called Diwali. In Canada, we celebrate New Years on December 31. In China, the New Year is celebrated in February. All culture have their own traditions that may differ from our own and that make them unique.

  • Questions About Culture

    1. What are the differences between Canadian culture and other cultures around the world?
    2. Why do different cultures celebrate different holidays and speak different languages?
    3. How do cultures develop and change over time?
    4. How does sharing cultures benefit people?
  • Resources for Grades K-6

    Resources

    Cultures for Kids

    Curious about how children live in other parts of the world? Use Cultures for Kids to explore different countries.
    Source: Explore and More


    Global Kids OZ

    Global Kids Oz is an information and resource rich website built on the foundation of a critical need for a more mutliculturally understanding society.
    Source: Global Kids OZ


    Globalization 101

    Readings, discussion questions, and assignments that teach students about culture and globalization. Source: Globalization101


    For More Resources Click Here!

  • Resources for Grades 7-12

    Resources

    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Culture

    SABA F. SAFDAR is an Iranian-born Canadian-educated Associate Professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario.


    For More Resources Click Here!

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