Russell Peters, Stand-up Comedian

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Stand-up comedy has played a huge role in our understanding of race issues. When it comes to how Canadians feel about skin colour, ethnicity and stereotypes, no comedian has had more impact than Russell Peters. His own story mirrors our … Continued

Ujjal Dosanjh, Lawyer and Politician

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Born in 1947 in Punjab, India, Ujjal Dosanjh immigrated to England at the age of 17, and came to Canada four years later. Dosanjh has a B.A. in political science from Simon Fraser University, and a law degree from UBC. … Continued

Patrick Chan, Figure Skater

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Born in 1990 into a Chinese-Canadian family, Chan started skating at the age of 5. Patrick Chan’s parents immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong when they were kids. He is the 2011 & 2012 World champion, a two-time (2010 & … Continued

Olivia Chow , Politician

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Born in 1957, Olivia Chow was Jack Layton’s partner in life and his partner in politics. She arrived in Canada from Hong Kong as a young teenager, looking for possibilities. She would go on to become an icon herself — … Continued

Michael Ondaatje, Novelist

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Born in Sri Lanka in 1943, Michael Ondaatje immigrated to England in 1952. He followed his brother to Canada in 1962, and received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1965, and his M.A. from Queen’s University in 1967. … Continued

Deepa Mehta, Film Director

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Born in India in 1950, Deepa Mehta received a degree in philosophy from the University of New Delhi. In 1973, Mehta moved to Canada when she married Canadian producer Paul Saltzman. She began her film career writing scripts for children’s … Continued

Sandra Oh, Actress

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She has such an unforgettable face and she went through all the difficulties that an Asian woman possibly experienced in performing art area. But eventually she succeeded. In 1971, Sandra was born in Nepean, a suburb of Ottawa, into the … Continued

David Suzuki, Scientist and author

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Born in 1936, David Suzuki is a living legend, an environmental hero, award-winning scientist and a Canadian icon. He’s been the voice for our planet for over 30 years. Using the platform of Canada’s longest-running documentary TV series, The Nature … Continued