Overall Objective This unit encourages students to examine the challenges that new immigrants face upon arrival to Canada. Students examine support systems within their own cultural community as well as those provided by the Canadian government.
Grade levels Advanced 9–12 and beyond. This unit can be adapted to younger grades and different courses of study in various Canadian provinces and territories.
Content Areas History Social Sciences Citizenship English Language Arts
Materials Required Access to a computer lab, Internet connection, digital camera, flip chart paper or whiteboard, drawing paper and pencils.
Summary This theme explores difficulties encountered by new immigrants to Canada as they strive to overcome stereotypes and gain acceptance in their new country through inter and intra-cultural communication. The film excerpts provide insight into the impact of negative perceptions on cultural communities. Students will examine the kind of assistance that would help new immigrants integrate into Canadian society, while maintaining and promoting their cultural distinctiveness.