Lesson 4: Filipino Successes in Canada

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According to Laquian (2017), in the mid 1960s to early 1970s, about 1467 Filipinos entered Canada. A  nation-wide survey in 1972 revealed that Filipino Canadians were an educated population with 85 percent of  immigrants obtaining at least a bachelor’s degree. Most of these immigrants held occupations in health (most  notably as nurses), manufacturing, sales, teaching, and service categories. Between 1982 and 1991, 30,000  Filipinos immigrated to Canada as caregivers (domestic workers or nannies). Even today, because of push/pull factors in the Philippines (ie: poor economic opportunities) and in Canada (ie: the demand for childcare), many well educated Filipinos come to Canada as caregivers under labour and migration pathways such as the Caregiver  Program.

With the use of collaborative strategies, the purpose of this lesson is illustrate other astounding contributions and achievements of Filipino Canadians outside of the aforementioned fields. While working in groups, the  students will read primary sources (i.e. PASSOC Role Model profiles) of successful Filipinos and will explore  their obstacles and accomplishments. Inspired by these role models, students will choose their own role  model who has achieved great things in the face of marginalization and will create a trading card of them.  Students will gain an understanding of how various groups have made contributions to Canada, despite the  challenges they experienced, while reflecting on his/her abilities, influencing current and future aspirations and choices.