This year’s Canada Day celebrations will certainly be a once in a generation event. We mark 150 years since Confederation and this landmark birthday is being celebrated all over the country with feasts, fireworks shows, parades and red and white flags.
In 1867 the Dominion of Canada was created as per the British North America Act. This brought together the colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into one country merging together English and French speaking Canada. The new Dominion of Canada was composed of four provinces, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick.
No matter how you measure it, these days the modern nation of Canada is a cultural melting pot that celebrates diversity and is home to a mosaic of different ethnicities and traditions. What does it mean to be Canadian? It’s more than just beaver and maple syrup and snow shovels and hockey: it’s our identity of kindness, politeness, inclusion, acceptance and understanding…which is certainly something to celebrate.
You Know You’re Canadian If…
You know what a toque is.
You can do all the hand actions to Sharon, Lois and Bram’s “Sin-a-ma-rinky-dinky-doo” opus.
You know what a mickey and a 2-4 mean.
You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
You know that the last letter of the English alphabet is always pronounced “Zed”.
Your local newspaper covers the national news on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.
You know that when it’s 25 degrees outside, it’s a warm day.
You know that the 4 seasons mean: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
“Eh?” is a very important part of your vocabulary, and is more polite than, “Huh?”
You know where to get good poutine.
You’ve rolled up the rim to win.
Happy 150th Birthday Canada! I’m so proud to be a Canadian!