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Ethiopian life in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Visible Minorities in Canada

Canada is a great country to live in. It is blessed with natural resources. It is one of the few countries that allows other nations to come and live in its land. Canada has given me the opportunity to learn not only about Canada, but also about all the other cultures who have settled here. I am proud to call Canada my home and father land, and Ethiopia as my mother land.

Labels
One of the things I like about the English language is that, it is rich in vocabulary and any thing could be given a name and/or labelled. However, out of all the labels, there is one phrase I detest very much – it is the phrase, “visible minority“. This phrase has bothered me very much for many years.

What is Visible Minority?
Statistics Canada takes its definition of a “visible minority”¬†from the federal Employment Equity Act, which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”

I understand the fact that the phrase, “visible minority” is not a racist phrase. Yes, as an African living in Canada, that makes me a minority. But, do I have to be labelled as “visible minority”?

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Role Model Ethiopian – Daniel W. Yohannes

Ethiopia’s population is now estimated at 80 million. There are more than 1.6 million Ethiopians living out side of Ethiopia. Out of these, about 600,000 live in North America (100,000 in Canada and 500,000 in the USA). The vast majority of Ethiopians reside in the East and West Coasts of the USA.

There are many prominent and successful Ethiopians in the USA. Most Ethiopians in the USA are university educated. In fact, a few years ago, a US study indicated Ethiopian-Americans as the most educated people in the USA (based on percentage).

So, from time to time, I will try to highlight some Ethiopian role models (whether in the USA or Canada or any other country). To day, I picked Mr. Daniel W. Yohannes.

The White House press release below pretty much summarizes who Mr. Yohannes is:

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December 3, 2009 Posted by | Ethiopian Businesses, Ethiopian Careers, Ethiopian Citizenship, Ethiopian Culture, Ethiopian Education, Ethiopian History, Ethiopian Investments, Ethiopian Languages, Ethiopian Media, Ethiopian Socials, Ethiopians & Technology, Ethiopians Back Home, Ethiopians in Vancouver | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments