Before and throughout our nationhood, Canada’s diversity has been a source of pride and pain, strength and struggle. The wealth of worldviews represented in Canada challenges us, individually and collectively, to define ourselves not just as individuals, but as a nation unique among other nations. Though we live in different regions, work at different endeavours, and experience different customs, lifestyles, and ways of knowing, we strive to live together to honour all the voices and perspectives that make this country great. Through our literature – in all its forms – we explore the issues that influence Canadian culture and Canadian identity. What does it mean to be Canadian? What sort of people are we? How do we express and convey our identity as a people? What are our values, and how do we demonstrate them within and beyond our borders? How do our visual, oral, print, and multimedia texts reveal what it means to be Canadian? How does diversity benefit Canada and Canadians?
What does it mean to be Canadian and what is our Canadian identity?
Is being Canadian an individual or a community enterprise? What is the relationship between the individual and the community in Canada? How do individuals shape a community and the country, and how do the community and the country shape their citizens?
What contributions have Canadian individuals (e.g., famous and not-so-famous; First Nations, Métis, Inuit, long-time Canadians, new Canadians) made to the character of the Canadian community? To the global community?
How do Canadians navigate their local, regional, national, and global communities?
Take the Canadian Citizenship Challenge
Students can register for the challenge online: Choose the link to register: Canadian Citizenship Challenge
In the online challenge you have 15 minutes to answer 20 questions.
Symbols of Canada
Canada has many important symbols-objects,events and people that have special meaning. Together they help explain what it means to be Canadian and express our national identity.
Create a list of Canadian symbols.
Choose one that you would pick as truly Canadian and explain why.
In groups combine your lists and create categories. e.g. person, place etc. Write and/ or illustrate your symbols on the newspaper print provided.
Share with the class.
Satire is a technique used by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humour, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. It intends to improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles. A writer in a satire uses fictional characters, which stand for real people, to expose and condemn their corruption.
A writer may point a satire toward a person, a country or even the entire world. Usually, a satire is a comical piece of writing which makes fun of an individual or a society to expose its stupidity and shortcomings.
Tommy Douglas, A Canadian idol and hero to many, was known as the ‘Father of Medicare’.
Thomas Clement “Tommy” Douglas was a Canadian social democratic politician and Baptist minister. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. He was the premier of Saskatchewan for 17 years: 1944-1961.
Born: October 20, 1904, Falkirk, United Kingdom
Died: February 24, 1986, Ottawa