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Many languages, one people

8/30/2011 by Susana Schultz

As I spend time in Nova Scotia, Canada, I can’t help thinking of how many different people who speak many languages live happily not worrying about what their official language is.

They just speak what they know and what they are comfortable with, in total harmony, without debating in the media why their language should be king. And yet, in the U.S., all Anglos are trying to make English the only official language for the whole nation, as if by declaring a language they can change people and make us all follow some sort of uniform pattern.


When you drive in Nova Scotia, you change regions and people in just an hour. On certain parts, road signs are in French, on other parts they are in Gaelic. And let’s not forget the First Nation people, the Mi’kmaq, whose language is responsible for so many town and landmark names. This is a true melting pot of different cultures living in harmony.


This is a beautiful province. These are wonderful and accepting people who welcome strangers with open arms. No one is trying to see if we are “legal” or “illegal” like we do in the U.S. This land is vast and vastly uninhabited and they welcome immigrants. I am amazed to see that so many U.S. citizens made Nova Scotia their home and have become permanent residents or even Canadian citizens.


Canada as a whole welcomes and encourages new immigrants and I wonder why more people aren’t trying to come here versus the U.S. where no immigrant is welcome.


Watching and reading the news in the U.S., we come across as a country not very friendly toward foreigners while our neighbors to the north encourage them to visit and stay.  Some friends of mine who were living in Mexico and are Mexican citizens, just recently decided that they would like to try and see if they could make a living in Toronto. They contacted the Canadian embassy in Mexico D.C. and within a week they had their visas to look for work in Toronto. Once they find jobs, they will be issued work visas and they can live and work in Canada. Have they tried to do the same in the U.S., we know what the answer would’ve been—no way!


There are so many things to love about a country like Canada… and we should all consider visiting it often and/or being bold and moving up here, where we are welcome!

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