Every Canadian community is a gold mine of diverse people, cultures, traditions, and history. Rediscovering their wealth goes to the heart of our Canadian nature. It is the knowledge and high regard of their roots and sense of belonging at home, school, place of work, or place of worship, to name only a few, that strengthens their feelings of who they are as Canadians. If someone has been described as Canadian, it means that he is a part of Canadian society. Canadians are free. They have the freedom to think for themselves, speak what they wish, and live their lives to the fullest, in turn having certain collective ideas, traits, and qualities. Generally, they possess a Canadian attitude, an acceptance of Canadian multiculturalism, and most importantly, Canadian pride.
While Canadians are sometimes depicted as a beer drinking, party loving, and rugged in attitude, when in fact they are generally quite reserved and passive. In reality, Canadians have become known for their great humanitarian efforts. Canadians are continually recognized for the way in which they go in after the occurrence of devastation and help the civilian population, of that particular community or country, get back on their feet. An example of this was seen in the Kosovo crisis, when they brought refugees to Canada and provided for them while there was war in their homeland. They are also known for their peacekeeping ways. They are slow and cautious when entering battles and are reluctant to choose sides between nations in acts of inhumanity and crime. People from all around the world come to Canada, looking for refuge. They have come to see Canada as a peaceful country, where they will have a chance at a free and good life while being accepted and considered an equal.
The concept of a multicultural country is foreign to some people because they have lived in a country where people of the same race surround them continuously. However, Canadians have come to accept and love their nation’s “salad bowl” of diverse races and cultures, and the access to knowledge and power that make opportunities and possibilities endless. Unlike some countries, if one has an idea or starts a business, he is free to capitalize on it and make money that he may use for the good of himself, his family, and causes that he deems worthy. This is a constant pull-factor that brings people from different lands into Canada, and it is one of the things that make Canada great.
While it is important to have, being Canadian doesn’t mean you have a piece of paper called a birth certificate with “Canada” scrawled across the top; that is simply superficial. The most important quality of a Canadian is their pride in their country. There is so much to be grateful for. Canada has a health care system that allows its citizens to be treated for their illnesses and sometimes even cured. They also have an abundance of natural resources like wheat, oil, lumber, and fresh water that help them to maintain a steady economy.
Then there is the pride and joy of the nation, hockey. Everyone knows it, every country plays it, but it remains Canadian. Their pride can be seen not only when they rise to hear their national anthem, but also in the way they sew the Canadian flag onto their backpacks and coats, the way they hold their heads high in other countries, and in the infamous Molson Canadian “Anthem”. It is their pride that creates a feeling of family across the nation.
While their humanitarian attitudes and acceptance of diversity make them stand out in the crowd of other nations, their pride separates them from the rest. They continually strive to better themselves as individuals and as a whole, by raising their education standards for Canadian youth, keeping their health care system functioning at full capacity and maintaining a peaceful country. Their pride can be shown in two lines of a song that all Canadians hold dear: “With glowing hearts we see thee rise; The True north strong and free. O Canada, Westand on guard for thee.” It is pride like this that makes us all Canadian, eh?