I am a very proud Canadian. Celebrating Canada Day, seeing Canadian athletes perform well and traveling and exploring different parts of our vast nation all give me a great sense of pride. There are many other reasons to be proud of the Great White North too.
Canada has a wide range of wildlife from polar bears to whales to birds of prey to the symbolic beaver. Along with our wildlife Canadians also enjoy an extensive landscape. It’s beautiful from ocean coasts to mountains to the prairies to the Arctic, and the best part is you don’t have to travel far from your home to experience Canada’s nature with our many national and provincial parks.
For most Canadians hockey is in our blood whether it’s playing it or watching our kids play or cheering on our favourite team. Canadian players make up roughly 45 % of the NHL rosters. Players from the United States come in a distant second at roughly 25%. According to Encyclopedia Britannica 8 out of the 10 of ‘The Best Hockey Players of All Time’ were Canadian. https://www.britannica.com/list/10-best-hockey-players-of-all-time
Canada is quite proud of its multiculturalism. Immigrants make up 20% of the Canadian population, the highest proportion among the G8 countries. We embrace diversity so well that Toronto was named the most diverse city in the world. Canada is a nation of newcomers that started in the 17th century with the French and British and will continue into the future. By 2031 it is predicted that 25% to 28% of the population will be foreign-born.
We are very proud of the amount of our Canadian talent ranging from science to entertainment to sports to art. “Queen of the Hurricanes”, Elizabeth “Elise” MacGill, was the first practicing Canadian woman aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer. She oversaw the production of fighter planes during WWII. https://www.macleans.ca/society/science/canadian-encyclopedia-30-great-canadian scientists/.
Wayne Gretzky is often the first person thought of when asked about famous Canadian athletes. He holds almost every hockey scoring record and many consider him the best hockey player of all time. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/22/canada-greatest-athletes_n_2175537.html
Canada has a rich history of artists but Emily Carr might be one of the most recognized. She was one of the first artists to capture the spirit of Canada in a modern style with her main themes of nature and aboriginal culture. https://www.macleans.ca/culture/arts/canadian-encyclopedia-30-amazing-canadian-painters/
Being in the entertainment industry for 7 decades, William Shatner has done it all. He is an actor, author, musician, screenwriter, director, and producer. He became a cultural icon with his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the Star Trek franchise. https://www.refinery29.com/canadian-celebrities. Interested to learn more about Canadian talent? Click on any of the above links.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, part of Canada’s Constitution, protects every Canadian’s right to be treated equally under the law. Some of the freedoms include conscience, religion, thought, belief, expression, press, peaceful assembly, and association. Other rights include democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights and language rights.
The rest of the world considers Canadians polite and nice. As a nation, we are proud to embrace this stereotype. Just because we are polite, doesn’t mean we are pushovers. We have a spine of steel below our niceness. Prime Minister Trudeau’s comment to the U.S. President proves that. “I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do, because Canadians: we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”
As Canadians, we are proud of our nation and there is nothing wrong with showing off this pride especial on Canada Day!
“My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a
Canadian.” – Jim Carrey