- Question 2
- Apart from the Catholic
Church, the most significant social institution among Italian Canadians
has been the extended family.
In immigrating to Canada, Italians brought with them a strong belief
in the importance of family. Based on traditional Italian values,
each family member acts for betterment of the whole family rather
than for his or her individual interest. And in cities where Italians
have settled in sufficient numbers, ethnic neighbourhoods have been
created. These "Little Italys," with their distinctive shops, restaurants,
clubs and churches are easily recognizable. But rather than developing
into ghettos, segregated from the rest of society, they instead are
welcoming and enriching of the larger community.
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