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BREAKING THE ICE: The Mary Ann Shadd Story

Question 3
Assimilation is the process of allowing minorities to retain parts of their cultural identity while becoming part of the larger Canadian society.

False. Assimilation is the process of trying to refashion minorities into the image of the dominant majority at the expense of their cultural identity. On the other hand, integration is the process of allowing immigrants to maintain parts of their cultural heritage and identity while at the same time becoming a part of mainstream society. Mary Ann Shadd was a Black educator, newspaper editor and lawyer who advocated for the integration, rather than assimilation or segregation, of Blacks in Canadian society.


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