Leave your prejudices behind
"Canada is the antithesis of a class-based society. Whether you work as a street meat vendor, a teacher, or the CEO of a company, you’re entitled to the same rights and freedoms. It’s part of a larger, blanket expectation of mutual respect, regardless of race, sexual orientation or faith that Canadians enjoy: A freedom to “be” that’s incredibly liberating to anyone who’s ever found themselves persecuted or threatened in their home country."
Here’s how to overcome prejudice and live without bias
Canadians might be more private than you’re used to
While Canadians have a (well-earned) reputation for being friendly and polite, immigrants from India often find them to be very private—almost withdrawn—in comparison. Even amongst friends, there’s a level of formality between Canadians that takes some getting used to. The social conventions Indians take for granted—showing up at a friend’s house to hang at a moment’s notice, insisting guests eat your home-cooked food, and being incredibly open about personal details—may be considered rude and over-bearing here. Be patient, and remember that the hallmarks of a good friendship are relative: just as the weather and geography in Canada is different, the emotional landscape is different as well.
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