The UNESCO considers society culture issues as a "set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society". UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization insists on "building peace in the minds of men and women".
Rule number 1, culture diversity is now the subject of a new way of thinking and, rule number 2, cultural policies can and must be considered as a constant and dynamic dialog.
Each society has its own culture and generally admits the existence of other cultures. The absolute priority rule being, if one agrees to do business, to immigrate or to travel in Montreal, one also accepts to abide by the core values of our cross cultural environment.
The reverse is also true since Montrealers have the exact same responsibilities.
The province of Quebec is primarily a French-speaking society. Quebec is also a pluralistic communauty, respectful of the freedom of conscience in an harmonious environment, free of assimilation intent.
Our society is secular. The independence between political and religious powers is an important part of our core values. Quebec is a democratic society and its political system is based on freedom, equality and citizen participation in our economic, social, cultural and political process.
Quebec cultural mix and lifestyle have changed over the years and, in order to ensure the cohesion of our democratic society, our government promotes our core values as defined in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, our statutory bill of rights.
The Charter defines the right to equality, prohibits discrimination in all its forms and outlines the political, judicial, economic and social rights of all citizens. The bill passed by the National Assembly of Quebec in 1975 and received Royal Assent in 1976.
In 1986, the National Assembly adopted a Declaration on Inter-cultural and Interracial Relations. A Declaration that condemns racism and urges the Government of Quebec to promote the full participation of all people to economic, social and cultural development, regardless of their color, religion and ethnic origin.
In in 2008, the Government policy to promote participation of all in Québec’s development was adopted and, in 2015 Philippe Couillard then Premier created the Québec Policy on Immigration, Participation and Inclusion.
From one country to another, it is common knowledge that lifestyles, customs and daily habits vary. Differences in attitudes and behaviors are the main reason why it is so crucially important to understand our society and its culture ethnicity, our values and the mental representations we have of our cross cultural environment.
By becoming more alert and more aware of who we are and where we are from, you will improve your understanding of our many cultural characteristics. Montreal is a multicultural city where business and social life are carried out in specific ways. Consequently, we feel it is important that you observe our culture, compare it to yours and decide what is best.
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Society Culture Issues by Rachel Louise Barry