Survey of Student Attitudes and Experiences - Fall 1998

Multiculturalism and Immigration

  

One of the aims of this yearís Survey is to explore views about multiculturalism in Canada. This section asks you about issues related to immigration and multiculturalism.

 

  1. To begin, in a few words, what does multiculturalism mean to you?

 

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  1. What have been your main sources of knowledge concerning multiculturalism? Circle as many as appropriate.

Primary or secondary school

1

University

2

Family

3

Friends

4

Media

5

Participation in multicultural groups or activities

6

Other

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  1. How familiar are you with federal government policy on multiculturalism?

Not at all familiar

1

Reasonably familiar

2

Very familiar

3

 

  1. In your view, are the federal governmentís multicultural policies

Generally negative for Canada

1

Of little effect

2

Generally positive for Canada

3

Uncertain

4

 

  1. State how strongly you disagree or agree with each of the following statements.

 

Strongly Disagree

 

Strongly Agree

Attending university has made me more accepting and respectful of various ethnic and cultural practices

1

2

3

4

5

I was raised to accept and respect those of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds

1

2

3

4

5

The University of Regina promotes understanding of different cultures

1

2

3

4

5

There should be policies to increase the number of visible minority students at the university

1

2

3

4

5

 

  1. Following are a number of statements concerning multiculturalism. Please circle one of the numbers between 1 and 5, where strongly disagree is 1 and strongly agree is 5.

 

Strongly Disagree

 

Strongly Agree

Ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity is a fundamental characteristic of Canadian society

1

2

3

4

5

Canadian institutions should provide equal access, regardless of ethnic, racial, or cultural background

1

2

3

4

5

Ethnic and racial minorities should be given opportunities to preserve their cultural heritage

1

2

3

4

5

Canadian institutions should eliminate barriers that make it difficult for some to participate

1

2

3

4

5

The government should fund festivals and special events celebrating different cultures

1

2

3

4

5

Canadian society is enriched by having people from many cultural backgrounds

1

2

3

4

5

 

  1. Have the ideas and policies of multiculturalism had

A negative impact on your life

1

Little impact on your life

2

A positive impact on your life

3

 

  1. State your view concerning each of the following possible problems that some have associated with multiculturalism.

 

Strongly Disagree

 

Strongly Agree

Multiculturalism makes it hard to know what it means to be a Canadian

1

2

3

4

5

Multicultural policy addresses problems of racism and discrimination

1

2

3

4

5

Multicultural policy creates divisions in Canadian society

1

2

3

4

5

Multiculturalism encourages immigrants to acquire Canadian values

1

2

3

4

5

Multiculturalism maintains ethnic and cultural practices that are offensive to Canadian ways of life

1

2

3

4

5

 

  1. Should Canada

Decrease annual immigration

1

Keep annual immigration at about the present level

2

Increase annual immigration

3

 

  1. Before 1960, most immigrants to Canada came from Europe. In the last thirty years, more immigrants have come from Asia, the Caribbean, and other places outside Europe. Do you think this change has been:

Very negative for Canada

1

Somewhat negative for Canada

2

Neither negative nor positive

3

Somewhat positive for Canada

4

Very positive for Canada

5

Uncertain

6

 

  1. Increased immigration means:

Fewer jobs for Canadians

1

Little change in the number of jobs for Canadians

2

More jobs for Canadians

3

 

  1. Which of the following comes closest to your view of immigrants in Canada?

They try their best to integrate into Canadian society

1

They could make a greater effort to integrate

2

They donít make nearly enough effort to integrate

3

All they want to do is keep to themselves

4

 

  1. State your view concerning each of the following statements concerning the relationship between employment and immigration.

 

Strongly Disagree

 

Strongly Agree

Employers should be required to provide a specified number of jobs to qualified visible minorities

1

2

3

4

5

Employment and educational opportunities for non-whites are often restricted

1

2

3

4

5

White males are losing jobs because of employment equity requirements

1

2

3

4

5

Government should assist immigrants in developing the skills and knowledge they require to fill jobs

1

2

3

4

5


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