Canada became officially multicultural in 1971, although it can be argued that the country has never been monocultural, or even bicultural. (Burnet) The native Canadians who lived on the land originally were diverse linguistically and culturally. The addition in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries of various European cultures only served to enhance the original diversity.
This article was written for a newsletter in Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan. The series is called “Leaving Home” (Furusato o hanare). I was born in Dunnville, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Erie. When I was quite young, my family moved to Toronto. When I was six, we moved to Whitby, a town of