The Multiculturalism Act, as outlined on page 545 in the text book is the latest revised version of the original act that was passed in 1988. The Multiculturalism Act defines no specific ethnic groups, seeing as Canada was becoming more and more of an increasingly diverse country, and limiting groups covered under the act would have been a problem. I think people born post 1988, and one could argue even anyone born post 1971, have been indoctrinated with the idea that Canada was becoming or had already become a multicultural nation. I also think that for the most part, those of us born post ’88 the question of what multiculturalism is, was never or rarely an issue. Growing up and going to kindergarten and grade school with such a diverse population of other children, who came from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, helped teachers and parented integrate the idea of accepting everyone, even if they looked, sounded or behaved differently, to children. Because the title of Canada as a Multicultural Nation was ingrained into our heads mainly through a school environment, we never had to think outside of school or home life and how multiculturalism and diversity applied to others and to life away from our daily routines. Looking back, I realize that because multiculturalism was never questioned, or rarely questioned, at least by people, like myself, who were born post ’88, Multiculturalism has only applied to us in our school, home and more recently work environments, which blurs the line between whether or not we were ingrained with the idea of Canada as a multicultural nation or Canada as a Canadian Born Multicultural nation. What do I mean by a Canadian Born Multicultural nation? I mean that maybe we have become more accepting of people who come from different ethnic backgrounds but who were also born in Canada and grew up learning English or French in school and learning our social norms and practices.  These individuals may have parents or grandparents immigrated to Canada, but they themselves were born here. I don’t want to seem discriminatory or anything because I think that Multiculturalism as a part of Canadian identity is a good thing, and I think that having a diverse population of people living in Canada brings a wonderful diversity of food, art, music etc… that everyone can enjoy. Canada as a multicultural nation also becomes a desireable quality for people from other countries looking to immigrate. I don’t want to get off topic too much, but I think in some ways Canada being multicultural allows for many people to immigrate into Canada from different cultures and countries to fill population numbers without any problem. I want to also say I don’t have any problems with immigration. I think there are so many valid reasons for people to need to come to Canada, or immigrate to any  Country, for example if the people coming in are filling jobs or are coming to escape violence or abuse and the list goes on. However, I don’t think that immigration to fill population numbers is helpful to the economy or to the people and families immigrating. In a CBC article from March 17 2007 the headline read “Immigration Critical to Canada’s growth pop: Census” and the continued to explain that between 2001 and 2006 immigration made up more population growth then new births did. The numbers were 1.2 million people immigrated between 2001 and 2006 and only 400 000 people were born. That’s one birth for every 3 people who immigrate. The problem isn’t with immigration, the problem is that it is being use to boost population numbers and these people coming into Canada are under the impression that we are a Multicultural nation with opportunities. But when they get here, even those who are doctors and surgeons their qualifications don’t apply and many end up driving taxis (I know that is a very general comment, but it is just an example). Immigration would be more beneficial if the people immigrating were filling jobs that we need, like nurses, instead of numbers and is Canada as a Multicultural nation with opportunities and diversity false advertising? Are Canadians more accepting of people who are ethnically diverse, but have still grown up in Canada? Or at least are more accepting of those who understand and are accustomed to our cultural and social practices? And do these questions limit the validity of Multiculturalism in Canada? Whatever the answers are, if there is one answer to each question, I think that Multiculturalism is a practice that still needs to be worked on, and one that should not be used as a slogan for Canada.