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May 23, 2010 9:34 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
What does being a Canadian mean to you?

How do you identify yourself and relate in the mix of cultures we have living together in Canada?

Do we actually have a national identity?canada
May 23, 2010 10:49 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
nottoo2525
nottoo2525nottoo2525Edmonton, Alberta Canada19 Threads 1 Polls 1,776 Posts
kidatheart: What does being a Canadian mean to you?

How do you identify yourself and relate in the mix of cultures we have living together in Canada?

Do we actually have a national identity?


Very proud to be a Canadian. We have a national identity as being a bit crazy, very brave and very kind.
Afraid we are losing it though a bit with all the politically correct bullshit lately. Some of the immigrants seem to forget the reasons they wanted to come here. If there homeland was so great why leave? Then they try to turn Canada into their second home by changing it. Not ccol........
My grandparents were all immigrants but when they arrived here and were accepted they were no longer English or Scottish. Just Canadian. canada canada
May 24, 2010 5:13 AM CST Canada, and being Canadian
Onlyguy
OnlyguyOnlyguyKelowna, British Columbia Canada2 Threads 1,324 Posts
kidatheart: What does being a Canadian mean to you?

How do you identify yourself and relate in the mix of cultures we have living together in Canada?

Do we actually have a national identity?



I’m very proud to be a Canadian and I’m proud of our traditions and customs. . I’ve travelled a lot because I love travelling and also because of my work and while doing so I’ve rarely heard someone speak negatively about Canada or Canadians. In fact I could say in just about all countries Canadians are very welcome. I’ve seen many a time people from other countries wearing a Canadian flag pin on their shirts or a small Canadian flag tied to their luggage or to their vehicle’s antenna or mirror.
Now I think things are changing. Canada does need immigrants and there’s nothing wrong with the majority of people immigrating to Canada but some are trying to impose themselves, trying to impose onto us their customs and their beliefs. Some don’t see themselves as Canadians but as another nationality living in Canada. Some are simply using Canada and taking advantage of what it has to offer.
I honestly think Canada has to wake up and start looking over its immigration laws and its immigration policies and guidelines when it comes to selecting immigrants.
May 24, 2010 5:33 AM CST Canada, and being Canadian
Onlyguy
OnlyguyOnlyguyKelowna, British Columbia Canada2 Threads 1,324 Posts
Onlyguy: I’m very proud to be a Canadian and I’m proud of our traditions and customs. . I’ve travelled a lot because I love travelling and also because of my work and while doing so I’ve rarely heard someone speak negatively about Canada or Canadians. In fact I could say in just about all countries Canadians are very welcome. I’ve seen many a time people from other countries wearing a Canadian flag pin on their shirts or a small Canadian flag tied to their luggage or to their vehicle’s antenna or mirror.
Now I think things are changing. Canada does need immigrants and there’s nothing wrong with the majority of people immigrating to Canada but some are trying to impose themselves, trying to impose onto us their customs and their beliefs. Some don’t see themselves as Canadians but as another nationality living in Canada. Some are simply using Canada and taking advantage of what it has to offer.
I honestly think Canada has to wake up and start looking over its immigration laws and its immigration policies and guidelines when it comes to selecting immigrants.




I should have said Canada and each of its provinces and territories should wake up and start looking over their immigration laws and their immigration policies and guidelines when it comes to selecting immigrants
May 24, 2010 2:25 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
nottoo2525: Very proud to be a Canadian. We have a national identity as being a bit crazy, very brave and very kind.
Afraid we are losing it though a bit with all the politically correct bullshit lately. Some of the immigrants seem to forget the reasons they wanted to come here. If there homeland was so great why leave? Then they try to turn Canada into their second home by changing it. Not ccol........
My grandparents were all immigrants but when they arrived here and were accepted they were no longer English or Scottish. Just Canadian.



Yeah, that PC crap has been spread in an even layer across most of the planet, and piled a little higher in some spots. laugh

What's the glue that holds us all together as a country though?

It can't be a shared polite insanity, can it?crazy laugh
May 24, 2010 2:35 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
Onlyguy: I’m very proud to be a Canadian and I’m proud of our traditions and customs. . I’ve travelled a lot because I love travelling and also because of my work and while doing so I’ve rarely heard someone speak negatively about Canada or Canadians. In fact I could say in just about all countries Canadians are very welcome. I’ve seen many a time people from other countries wearing a Canadian flag pin on their shirts or a small Canadian flag tied to their luggage or to their vehicle’s antenna or mirror.
Now I think things are changing. Canada does need immigrants and there’s nothing wrong with the majority of people immigrating to Canada but some are trying to impose themselves, trying to impose onto us their customs and their beliefs. Some don’t see themselves as Canadians but as another nationality living in Canada. Some are simply using Canada and taking advantage of what it has to offer.
I honestly think Canada has to wake up and start looking over its immigration laws and its immigration policies and guidelines when it comes to selecting immigrants.



What traditions and cutoms, other than "Hockey Night in Canada" are there?laugh

What do we have as our own, that hasn't been adopted from another country, or brought with immigrants when they arrrived?

I agree that the vast majority of Canadians are proud of the country, and the way we're viewed internationally. Might have a lot to do with our participation in the two world wars, our peace keeping missions, and international aid.

Also that we're generally viewed as "civilised". laugh

What is truly Canadian though? I've never worn a Beaver pelt on my head, well, not a dead one anyway.blushing laugh

Feel free to add anything that you feel is unique to our country.

wave
May 24, 2010 2:38 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
Neenaw
NeenawNeenawcork, Cork Ireland62 Threads 3 Polls 5,621 Posts
kidatheart: What does being a Canadian mean to you?

How do you identify yourself and relate in the mix of cultures we have living together in Canada?

Do we actually have a national identity?



does being here less than a week entitle me to an opinion.... lol.....

Hey Hwave
May 24, 2010 2:39 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
Onlyguy: I should have said Canada and each of its provinces and territories should wake up and start looking over their immigration laws and their immigration policies and guidelines when it comes to selecting immigrants


I agree, and it's been a long time coming, but seems it's not all that important to our elected officials.

They have better ways to spend "our" money, like gun laws that don't do anything, except make farmers and hunters into criminals overnight. mumbling


What about Canadian politics? Does anyone pay attention to what happens at the local, provincial or federal levels?

Are they really as useless as they appear to be?laugh
May 24, 2010 2:41 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
Neenaw: does being here less than a week entitle me to an opinion.... lol.....

Hey H


Of course it does! What are your experiences so far? How do you see Canada and Canadians as someone from another country?

Have you had any Screech and kissed a cod yet?laugh


Hiya Nhug
May 24, 2010 4:35 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
Neenaw
NeenawNeenawcork, Cork Ireland62 Threads 3 Polls 5,621 Posts
kidatheart: Of course it does! What are your experiences so far? How do you see Canada and Canadians as someone from another country?

Have you had any Screech and kissed a cod yet? Hiya N



we waiting till all the girls are here next week for the full experience, saw two lads pucking the head off each other last night in one of the pubs.... nice.....

good place.....

once we get to explore some more am sure will love it more...
May 24, 2010 4:59 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
Onlyguy
OnlyguyOnlyguyKelowna, British Columbia Canada2 Threads 1,324 Posts
kidatheart: What traditions and cutoms, other than "Hockey Night in Canada" are there?

What do we have as our own, that hasn't been adopted from another country, or brought with immigrants when they arrrived?

I agree that the vast majority of Canadians are proud of the country, and the way we're viewed internationally. Might have a lot to do with our participation in the two world wars, our peace keeping missions, and international aid.

Also that we're generally viewed as "civilised".

What is truly Canadian though? I've never worn a Beaver pelt on my head, well, not a dead one anyway.

Feel free to add anything that you feel is unique to our country.




I understand what you’re saying thumbs up but we can’t say Canada has no culture or traditions. I believe Canada has its own culture and traditions even though they were brought over from other countries, especially European countries hundreds of years ago laugh

I also believe Canada’s culture and traditions will continue to change because of our neighbor the USA and because of Aboriginal and new immigrant’s cultures and traditions laugh

It’s just like the Canadian people, most immigrated or come from families that immigrated here but we’re truly Canadian laugh canada cheers
May 24, 2010 5:02 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
KHD100
KHD100KHD100Edmonton, Alberta Canada165 Threads 3 Polls 4,065 Posts
kidatheart: What does being a Canadian mean to you?

How do you identify yourself and relate in the mix of cultures we have living together in Canada?

Do we actually have a national identity?

we are politer... we take more interest in all nations and are not trying to mold them in to our belief (example: god and country, the American way). Racism was not big here until lately.

We walk down the street for 20 minutes and you will hear approximately 6 different languages spoken.

I used to feel Canada was a place with open arms and safe... but lately the way people behave towards each other ... it's not the same. Canada used to be a country with wide open spaces ... but with population growth ...

At work we accommodate other religions and work around them. Example. at work we have some people that have to stop and pray (in an area of the building set up for this) 2 or 3 times a day. The rest of us do not take 2 or 3 breaks a day on top of taking coffee breaks and lunch break.

Sometimes Canada is a country that bends over too far to please (and yeah it gets screwed )
May 24, 2010 5:23 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
KHD100
KHD100KHD100Edmonton, Alberta Canada165 Threads 3 Polls 4,065 Posts
kidatheart: What does being a Canadian mean to you?

How do you identify yourself and relate in the mix of cultures we have living together in Canada?

Do we actually have a national identity?


No I do not feel we have a national identity. Canada is a melting pot for all kinds. When we came we had no welcoming committee, or free money or handouts. From what I have learned from people who immigrated here yrs ago, ones my age, and older, they came here to make a better life, and worked hard to get it. They had very little to start with, and for some, a suit case with a a change of clothes if they were lucky.

I see the farmers who came over from Europe, who lived in shanties, and lived off the land, through disaster after disaster. I listen to the ones who went to war etc. If I want to know what being Canadian is... I look at them. People who never gave up, and kept on going to build Canada which is still a new country compared to others. I see our Ukrainian neighbor growing his vegetables, and flowers, speaking his language, and on the other side, our German neighbor speaking this language and growing a garden but with some differences in what they grown. And then I see my parents and friends who came from Ireland growing and different garden. All three neighbors help each other, or show up at the door when they have an abundance of things and share it. I see them talking over the fence, different music playing. Did you ever see 3 men from 3 different countries discussing their love of hockey to each other? My parents had a friend from Africa. He was also included in this group. I always found it fascinating to watch all of them talk with their different accents, patting each other on the shoulder, laughing and sometimes disagreeing (but not in a bad way).

The women were strong. All four worked outside the house, raised kids, houses were decorated differently, but their door was always open.

If I had to choose what is Canadian... to me that is it.

My parents and I were not born here. I grew up here. I loved the arts of all types. The group of 7, jmo is unique and Canadian as far as I am concerned. Canada has beautiful sea coasts, lakes and mountains (not including the polluted ones.)
May 24, 2010 6:05 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
skinnyminnypink
skinnyminnypinkskinnyminnypinkKilkenny, Ireland308 Threads 9,655 Posts
In response to: What does being a Canadian mean to you?

How do you identify yourself and relate in the mix of cultures we have living together in Canada?

Do we actually have a national identity?

this is the basic national identity question .... we have a greater mulitiplicity of nationalities in Ireland than ever before, and I work in an area where there would be constant interaction with new people ... every time I go to interview someone, I think that it is really important to remember how the Irish were welcomed into new communities in the past .... our identity does not dilute but may actually improve???? JMO




wave
May 24, 2010 9:08 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
Neenaw: we waiting till all the girls are here next week for the full experience, saw two lads pucking the head off each other last night in one of the pubs.... nice.....

good place.....

once we get to explore some more am sure will love it more...



Yeah, it happens, unfortunately, and one reason I stay out of the bars.

hug
May 24, 2010 9:25 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
Onlyguy: I understand what you’re saying but we can’t say Canada has no culture or traditions. I believe Canada has its own culture and traditions even though they were brought over from other countries, especially European countries hundreds of years ago

I also believe Canada’s culture and traditions will continue to change because of our neighbor the USA and because of Aboriginal and new immigrant’s cultures and traditions

It’s just like the Canadian people, most immigrated or come from families that immigrated here but we’re truly Canadian



I was actually hoping that you could share a little about how Quebec is different, or similar, as a "distinct society". Seeing as you live there, you'd probably be better explaining it than others, if you could be so kind.cheers

Anyone else is welcome to add their own perspective on this as well.

The US influence is definately changing the way people think, act, and not always in a positive way. I don't remember any gangs/gangsters when I was a kid, other than the mob and motorcycle "clubs". Now it's seen as cool, and a "way of life".

Hollywood has also had an influence, and although I don't agree with the CRTC's Canadian content laws, I don't think we have as many people watching Canadian movies/television, or even recognising what is Canadian.

Aboriginal/Metis culture is as old as anything else in the country, and might also play a role in how we see ourselves. As being connected with the outdoors, wildlife, and elements. This may not apply to everyone, but I see it as a part of being Canadian myself.
May 24, 2010 9:33 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,863 Posts
KHD100: we are politer... we take more interest in all nations and are not trying to mold them in to our belief (example: god and country, the American way). Racism was not big here until lately.

We walk down the street for 20 minutes and you will hear approximately 6 different languages spoken.

I used to feel Canada was a place with open arms and safe... but lately the way people behave towards each other ... it's not the same. Canada used to be a country with wide open spaces ... but with population growth ...

At work we accommodate other religions and work around them. Example. at work we have some people that have to stop and pray (in an area of the building set up for this) 2 or 3 times a day. The rest of us do not take 2 or 3 breaks a day on top of taking coffee breaks and lunch break.

Sometimes Canada is a country that bends over too far to please (and yeah it gets screwed )



Yeah, I never knew what racism actually was until my family moved out west from Toronto wher I was born. I gre up with people from all parts of the world, and never gave colour, race, religin a second thought at all. They were my friends, nothing more, or less.

That may have had something to do with my age, but not completely, and it's not only a western thing either. I did notice there weren't near as many people of Asian, African, or South American descent here as there were in Ontario.

I think as a nation, we are seen as being polite, and safe, compared to others, although I have noticed that changing over the last 30 some odd years. We're becoming less tolerant, understanding, and accepting of others, which is also a part of the reason I posted this thread.

Why is that happening? What can be done about it?
May 24, 2010 9:47 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
nanners2863
nanners2863nanners2863Cayuga, Ontario Canada50 Threads 5,802 Posts
I AM CANADIAN..and being so..I will always apologize..even if I'm not wrong grin I will drink alot of beer, will talk proudly of my beaver uh oh blushing , and insist that peameal bacon really is a type of bacon and not ham! grin
May 24, 2010 10:09 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
woodman1
woodman1woodman1Vancouver, British Columbia Canada2 Threads 100 Posts
nanners2863: I AM CANADIAN..and being so..I will always apologize..even if I'm not wrong I will drink alot of beer, will talk proudly of my beaver , and insist that peameal bacon really is a type of bacon and not ham!
Gee, I am sorry you feel the need to apologize. Canadian beer is superior to American beer any day. You talk about your beaver, while I could eat your beaver (tail) cause it is so sweet. And as far as peameal bacon well you can have that one. I much prefer Canadian Maple Syrup right from the source, oh so sweet to taste.tongue
May 24, 2010 10:19 PM CST Canada, and being Canadian
nanners2863
nanners2863nanners2863Cayuga, Ontario Canada50 Threads 5,802 Posts
woodman1: Gee, I am sorry you feel the need to apologize. Canadian beer is superior to American beer any day. You talk about your beaver, while I could eat your beaver (tail) cause it is so sweet. And as far as peameal bacon well you can have that one. I much prefer Canadian Maple Syrup right from the source, oh so sweet to taste.
Ahhhh..you are a true Canadian eh?? You suck sap from trees?!?! uh oh Whoa..you're hard core! And keep your lips off my beaver(tail) wow rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing tongue
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