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Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:55 AM

Been meaning to ask this and some thread on here (can't remember which one) reminded me.

Act like I am a guy from Ukuleleia and thinking of coming over or whatever and I asked you "What does it mean to be Canadian?" How do you personally answer a question like that?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:06 AM

it means you are from Canada.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:07 AM

It means you drink beer and watch hockey.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:17 AM

Being fortunate enough to have citizenship of a country envied by most where I live right now.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:34 AM

It means you have a flag in your window, but you will complain about other provinces if they don't make as much money. It means you will wear a Canadian flag on your backpack when traveling but really you should wear your provincial crest on your forehead. If means you're "Ra ra Canada" until someone mentions that policies in your corner affect Canadians in provinces across the nation.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:46 AM

Nothing really, patriotism is silly.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:46 AM

It means having the freedom to take a huge dump all over the country, in an eco-friendly manner of course.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:17 AM

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I’m just going to say how I see it and I’m prepared to feel the backlash.

To start with being Canadian means we’re some of the most privileged people on the planet who have access to roads, healthcare, education and relatively safe streets. I don’t think about it regularly, often taken it for granted that by being born here I really won the lottery of life and should be thankful and try harder to give back to the community. We have freedoms, opportunities, and lives and that a majority of the people in the world will never have access to and that only people in relatively recent history could have dreamt of.

All that being put aside the cultural identity of Canada is non-existent at best. What unites us as a country? Is it our love of hockey or our contempt for the way our neighbours to the south do things? Anecdotally I find that immigrants always identify with the place they come from and never seem to think of themselves as Canadian first. My mother moved here when she was four years old, she is now in her mid-60s, and if you were to ask who she identifies with she would respond with the country of her birth, the Netherlands.

I can’t speak for all of Canada but it seems like we’re a very segregated society based on economic, religious, and ethnic lines. Just the other day I heard that in Abbotsford all the white people live in the east part of the city (near the mountain) while the East Indian community live to the west. Perhaps this is unavoidable but such segregation I think encourages people to remain to not identify themselves as Canadians.

At work I had a Filipino co-worker who I consider a friend refer to me as a “real Canadian”. I’m Caucasian but I’m also a first generation Canadian while at least one of his parents were born here.

We’re a country built on the backs of immigrants who watches American television and celebrates a foreign monarchy on our currency. We only seem to come together when Men’s Olympic Gold in hockey or a Stanley Cup are on the line.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:18 AM

Most importantly, it means you're not American...
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:29 AM

I’m just going to say how I see it and I’m prepared to feel the backlash.

To start with being Canadian means we’re some of the most privileged people on the planet who have access to roads, healthcare, education and relatively safe streets. I don’t think about it regularly, often taken it for granted that by being born here I really won the lottery of life and should be thankful and try harder to give back to the community. We have freedoms, opportunities, and lives and that a majority of the people in the world will never have access to and that only people in relatively recent history could have dreamt of.

All that being put aside the cultural identity of Canada is non-existent at best. What unites us as a country? Is it our love of hockey or our contempt for the way our neighbours to the south do things? Anecdotally I find that immigrants always identify with the place they come from and never seem to think of themselves as Canadian first. My mother moved here when she was four years old, she is now in her mid-60s, and if you were to ask who she identifies with she would respond with the country of her birth, the Netherlands.

I can’t speak for all of Canada but it seems like we’re a very segregated society based on economic, religious, and ethnic lines. Just the other day I heard that in Abbotsford all the white people live in the east part of the city (near the mountain) while the East Indian community live to the west. Perhaps this is unavoidable but such segregation I think encourages people to remain to not identify themselves as Canadians.

At work I had a Filipino co-worker who I consider a friend refer to me as a “real Canadian”. I’m Caucasian but I’m also a first generation Canadian while at least one of his parents were born here.

We’re a country built on the backs of immigrants who watches American television and celebrates a foreign monarchy on our currency. We only seem to come together when Men’s Olympic Gold in hockey or a Stanley Cup are on the line.


I don't think you've said anything that deserves backlash. Although when you say 'some of the most privilidged', that some is a pretty big group. All of western europe, the US, Australia, and huge pockets of the rest of the world are as wealthy as Canada. I'd guess the average Canadian is about as well off as 20% of the world.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:45 AM

Anecdotally I find that immigrants always identify with the place they come from and never seem to think of themselves as Canadian first. My mother moved here when she was four years old, she is now in her mid-60s, and if you were to ask who she identifies with she would respond with the country of her birth, the Netherlands.


The only part of your entire post I have to take issue with is the 'always'.

My mother is also from Holland. She moved here when she was two, and if you asked here who she identifies with, it would be Canada, without any hesitation. The same goes for her sisters and her parents.

My grandfather on my dad's side, came from Scotland. I would say the exact same thing about him.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:51 AM

The only part of your entire post I have to take issue with is the 'always'.

My mother is also from Holland. She moved here when she was two, and if you asked here who she identifies with, it would be Canada, without any hesitation. The same goes for her sisters and her parents.

My grandfather on my dad's side, came from Scotland. I would say the exact same thing about him.


My commie friends who've grown up here like I did all identify themselves as Canadian, none were born here. My best friend cheers for Canada in hockey over Russia even. Can't imagine his reaction if someone told him that during high school 15 years ago.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:52 AM

I’m just going to say how I see it and I’m prepared to feel the backlash.

To start with being Canadian means we’re some of the most privileged people on the planet who have access to roads, healthcare, education and relatively safe streets. I don’t think about it regularly, often taken it for granted that by being born here I really won the lottery of life and should be thankful and try harder to give back to the community. We have freedoms, opportunities, and lives and that a majority of the people in the world will never have access to and that only people in relatively recent history could have dreamt of.

All that being put aside the cultural identity of Canada is non-existent at best. What unites us as a country? Is it our love of hockey or our contempt for the way our neighbours to the south do things? Anecdotally I find that immigrants always identify with the place they come from and never seem to think of themselves as Canadian first. My mother moved here when she was four years old, she is now in her mid-60s, and if you were to ask who she identifies with she would respond with the country of her birth, the Netherlands.

I can’t speak for all of Canada but it seems like we’re a very segregated society based on economic, religious, and ethnic lines. Just the other day I heard that in Abbotsford all the white people live in the east part of the city (near the mountain) while the East Indian community live to the west. Perhaps this is unavoidable but such segregation I think encourages people to remain to not identify themselves as Canadians.

At work I had a Filipino co-worker who I consider a friend refer to me as a “real Canadian”. I’m Caucasian but I’m also a first generation Canadian while at least one of his parents were born here.

We’re a country built on the backs of immigrants who watches American television and celebrates a foreign monarchy on our currency. We only seem to come together when Men’s Olympic Gold in hockey or a Stanley Cup are on the line.

That assessment of Abbotsford is pretty dang close to be honest. Most of the East Indians live in the west side of the city while the whites live in the east. Its just the way it is, seems like the all migrated over to that side more less for whatever reason, I got no idea why but thats the general consensus in Abbotsford.

To me being Canadian is a hard working individual who doesn't expect alot but is willing to work hard to get where he (or she) wants to go in life. Thats me personally, I grew up with a hard working personality and thats what I believe in. Its like an old soccer coach said to me one time.... "We are like plumbers, we get our lunch box, we get our hard hat and we go to work. Most people don't see what we do but we work our butts off every day"
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:55 AM

That assessment of Abbotsford is pretty dang close to be honest. Most of the East Indians live in the west side of the city while the whites live in the east. Its just the way it is, seems like the all migrated over to that side more less for whatever reason, I got no idea why but thats the general consensus in Abbotsford.

To me being Canadian is a hard working individual who doesn't expect alot but is willing to work hard to get where he (or she) wants to go in life. Thats me personally, I grew up with a hard working personality and thats what I believe in. Its like an old soccer coach said to me one time.... "We are like plumbers, we get our lunch box, we get our hard hat and we go to work. Most people don't see what we do but we work our butts off every day"


My friend's a plumber and he'd dispute your old coach's assertions about plumbers. His biggest lesson when we started our first side business was "Dude, you're working too fast, you gotta show value to the customer." :lol:
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:56 AM

To me being Canadian is a hard working individual who doesn't expect alot but is willing to work hard to get where he (or she) wants to go in life. Thats me personally, I grew up with a hard working personality and thats what I believe in. Its like an old soccer coach said to me one time.... "We are like plumbers, we get our lunch box, we get our hard hat and we go to work. Most people don't see what we do but we work our butts off every day"


I also feel that we, as Canadians, also love to play hard.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:57 AM

? Anecdotally I find that immigrants always identify with the place they come from and never seem to think of themselves as Canadian first. My mother moved here when she was four years old, she is now in her mid-60s, and if you were to ask who she identifies with she would respond with the country of her birth, the Netherlands.

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My Mother was born in Nordenham Germany and moved to Canada at 18. By herself. She thinks of herself as purely Canadian. She says one her most proud moments was when she received her citizenship.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:01 AM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:02 AM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:06 AM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:06 AM

If you say "eh" enough
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:08 AM

The really problem with Canada developing its own culture is it is multicultural. Immigrants who are free to move here are also free to keep all of their beliefs from their home country. That means rather than everyone feeling Canadian, there might be huge communities of Ukrainians, Polish, Chinese, etc. who don't feel the need to assimilate with others.

There are only a few things that seem to unite us all, whether that be Hockey or "not American". I also believe there is a "make do with what we got" mentality, considering the rugged terrain and harsh climates as well as us never having an extremely well equipped military, yet still do not pull our punches in battle.

All I know is is that I was born here, I consider myself Canadian before Manitoban and love this country for all its positives and despite its negatives.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:42 AM

It means we love buying cheap milk, butter, and cheese from our neighbours.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 01:44 PM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:04 PM

Nothing Canada is a joke, USA all the way nothing will stop our glorious country from being better then every other country.
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:06 PM




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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:09 PM

Nothing Canada is a joke, USA all the way nothing will stop our glorious country from being better then every other country.


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:11 PM

Nothing Canada is a joke, USA all the way nothing will stop our glorious country from being better then every other country.


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:12 PM

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:21 PM

Nothing Canada is a joke, USA all the way nothing will stop our glorious country from being better then every other country.


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