Canada: Rediscovering Our National Mytholgy A Fair Country

What is our mythology?
We are a unique and ancient civilization. Is this what you were taught? Canada is the oldest continuous running federal democracy in the world. We are one of the oldest democracies in the world.
We are not a child of Europe. On the surface we have all the institutions and buildings of a child of Britain and France. However, if you take a look just below the surface you can see who we really are.
How did we lose our history? Many of those 19th century immigrants wanted to create a replica of British society and Anglo-Celtic values so they changed the stories we told about our past.

As the great Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul has explained : Canada is a Métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas

This "place" shaped Canadian civilization - geography is our reality - our climate, landscape and civilization of minorities make us Canadian

So who are we? What is a Canadian?

Our definition and approach to citizenship and our relationship with this land is where we can find the answer.

"the hills where peace was made" - witaskewin (cree)

Unlike any other nation in the world our citizenship is based on multiple identities, loyalties and deeply based on this "place"

Within 5 years 80% of Canadian immigrants become citizens

In the US it is only 40%

In Europe, 5%

Most of Europe and the USA have declared multiculturalism a failure - Why not Canada?

Because we have a uniquely Canadian vision of citizenship: 

"As the years go by, the circle of the Ojibway gets bigger and bigger" - Chief john Kelly

We are a balance between the place, the group and the individual

We embrace complexity and the tension and negotiation that come with it

We are self confident and tough enough to reject simplicity and a racial approach to belonging

We are an ancient civilization that has created the most prosperous, radical and modern approach to belonging

We are Canadian


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