Our Home and Native Land

Hello guys and gals!  As previously mentioned we were out and about a little while ago collecting interviews for the fantastic trailer that will be arriving next week!  Are you excited? I’m excited!

Well, though the footage for the trailer has been shot, we’d still like to continue attempting to define Canadian identity. That being said, if anyone would like to share their own answers on Canadian identity then don’t be shy and send us a message or leave it in the comments.  Until then, I figure I might as well give it a whirl.

Canadian Identity –

Though we do have our own problems, I’d like to think of Canada as a country in which honors the rights of its’ citizens.  Perhaps, I’m a little worked up after the injustice that occurred in North Carolina yesterday.  But I really couldn’t be more proud to live in a country where not only is same-sex marriage legal, but our citizens have true freedom of speech.  To some “freedom of speech” is merely the opportunity to voice your opinions, but (while I can only for certain speak of the fantastic city in which I was raised, Vancouver) I believe in Canada it is the act of doing so without fear.  We live in what seems to be an open minded country that understands our choices do not need to be their choices.  This behavior makes it not only tolerable, but encouraged to embrace our rights and live how we choose.  We live in a multicultural country, one that looks down on bigotry and arrogance.  So the bigots who do live here (unfortunately even Canada has them) tend not to speak up.  Canadian identity is having an open mind, an open heart, and in return the freedom of choice.

What’s Most Important About Being Canadian? – 

Of course our freedom is extremely important, but I’d like to think our diversity is even more valuable.  At least to me.  Imagine living in a country where you’re not exposed to diversity.  Unfortunately situations such as those are what cause arrogance and a closed mind.  Fortunately in Canada we are not only familiar with diversity, but it’s shaped Canada into a nation that celebrates this.  I’ve heard people say that Canada doesn’t have a distinct culture, but that’s because we’ve blended to become a mixed culture.  It sounds cheesy, but everyone belongs here.

What Makes Canada Unique Among Western Countries? – 

I’d say our identity has made us unique.  It’s not as if Canada has always been perfect – and we’re far from perfect now -, we’ve participated in many injustices over the years.  However, you can look at Canada as a nation now and see growth, not only in the laws we have, but also in our citizens.  We currently don’t have an ideal government, but it seems as if the Canadian citizens have made the decision to continue advancing even if our government hasn’t.

Well, there you have it; I took a stab at it.  I’d love to hear what you lovely people can come up with.  Even if you just want to answer one question, don’t be shy! This is just the first step in defining Canadian identity.  It’s going to be truly amazing to have a collective of real answers from real Canadians, instead of being told what our country stands for, we have the chance to define it ourselves.

Thanks for reading!

– Siarrah

 

One Response to “Our Home and Native Land

  • As an American with a son who is a proud Canadian transplant, I can’t help but wonder what you mean when you list “diversity” and “freedom of expression” as “unique” defining aspects of the Canadian identity.

    I don’t mean to be argumentative but just play devil’s advocate to help encourage you to sharpen your definitions. For example, we Americans, with exceptions just like in Canada, appreciate the diversity of our population–we’re fond of the term “melting pot”, but also increasingly encourage different cultures to maintain their differentiation. And freedom of expression is the First Ammendment to our constitution, listed by many as the most critical feature of this country.

    I’m glad that Canada also values these things, I hope to see them spread across the globe. But when trying to define Canadian “national identity”, I don’t really see these things as Canadian, because they’re also a fact of life here in America.

    So far your definition applies to Canada–and also every American state. I’m interested to see what turns out to specifically identify Canada. From my understanding, some of the most important differences are in your political system, which doesn’t suffer from the tyranny of the “winner takes all” attitude that distorts American politics. This allows you to enact enviable things like single-payer health care, a great system envied by many Americans including myself, but perennially shut down by powerful corporate interests every time it comes up. So to me, Canada is a place where certain things are possible that we can’t pull off down here. What is it about Canada that makes you more successful in legislating for the people without being hijacked by corporations? That I think would be a critical part of the “Canadian identity”.

    Maybe part of your identity lies in how you define your political/legislative processes? Just a thought to contribute to the dialog.

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