Identities

Today, a documentary from the program Identities. The mandate of Identities was to explore the different cultures that made up Canada. The term multiculturalism was first used in the 1960's to counter the term "biculturalism"- which meant mainly English and French. Canada became the first country in the world to adopt an official national policy of multiculturalism in 1971.

The first Identities show aired in 1971 and was titled "Melting Pot or Cultural Mosaic?" And so began the weekly debate on Canadian immigration and identity. The one-hour afternoon show examined how immigrants have shaped Canada, from fortune telling to wine making, from holidays to agriculture, from music to ghettos. It explored many of the challenges of adapting to Canadian life- politically, culturally and socially.