Elements Of Canadian Identity

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What does it mean to be Canadian? What do outsiders associate us with when they hear the phrase “I am a Canadian”? An identity, also called sameness, is whatever makes an entity definable and recognizable. Even though Canada is so large and diverse, little factors which make up the “Canadian Identity” are what make Canadians recognizable to each other, and the remainder of the world. According to the Molson Beer commercial “The Rant”, Canadians are stereotyped. Others identify us as fur traders, lumberjacks, people who live in igloos or eat blubber, etc. However, what Joe, the star of the commercial, is doing, is collecting elements which remind the world what it means to be Canadian. Canadians are proud to wear their flag on their…show more content…
Canada is renowned for their peacekeepers and no other country is considered more peaceful. In the 21st Century, we see expressions of the Canadian Identity every day. Elements of the Canadian Identity are liberalized immigration policy, a policy of multiculturalism, a commitment to bilingualism, the Canadian Bill of Rights, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a commitment to peacekeeping and a commitment to protecting and promoting Canadian culture. Whenever the question of “What does it mean to be Canadian?” arises, you often hear the words multiculturalism, freedom, hockey, democracy and family. Canada is a land where multicultural societies live side by side in harmony with minor irritations here and there. Nearing a century and a half of struggles for rights and freedoms after becoming a dominion, one can see Canada has risen to become a truly strong and free country. Without outwardly showing it except at sporting events and the 1st of July parade, Canadians are generally patriotic people who are proud to call Canada…show more content…
The love for hockey, the cultural diversity, the bilingualism, the humility, and the pride. Canadians are less outspoken about their identity than some countries might be, like the USA for example. The pride of Canadians is not as highly promoted as the United States of America, but the strong voice of Canada can be heard. All in all, a Canadian in the 21st century is affable, lively, humble, giving, non-discriminating, and an advocator of environmentally friendly actions. At first, when I chose Canadian Studies, I did not expect the course to be as in depth as it is. Now that I have read the course outline and have been to classes, I am beginning to have a greater appreciation for Canada. Originally from Barbados, I had no vast knowledge of this country. What I knew about Canada were the stereotypical elements such as, hockey, speaking both French and English and always saying “eh”. Even though I have only been here for three weeks, I have learnt quite a lot about what it means to be Canadian. Hopefully, this course can expand my knowledge of Canada and also make me proud to be studying
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