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Canada Lacks A Real National Identity Essay

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Canada Lacks A Real National Identity

I believe that Canada lacks a real national identity. Canadians tend to identify with community and region rather than the nation. Because Canada has such a great cultural diversity the Canadian identity is shaped by our values and attitudes as they have emerged from our history and geography. Bilingualism and multiculturalism are very important to the Canadian identity. They both strengthen and challenge Canadian identity. Because Canada has so many cultural and regional groups, interaction between them influences one¹s identity.
Differing views of Canada by Canadians and other countries prove that Canada does not have a true national identity. Because of these factors
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It is because of differences like this that Canada can not have it¹s own identity. When different cultural groups each have their own way of getting things done because of the way they were brought up, it is almost impossible to have a true Canadian identity. Over time the traditions of the different groups will blend but until then, Canada can not have a real national identity. It can be argued that the differences in cultural values and traditions are an aspect of the Canadian identity, but I feel that a Canadian identity is one which everyone can relate to and see in their own life. To me, a Canadian identity needs to be shaped by different values, traditions and cultures that have emerged from history to create a truly Canadian identity.

Bilingualism and multiculturalism can be good for, but also challenge the Canadian identity. These policies challenge the Canadian identity because they allow people to keep their culture. I feel a true identity is one which everyone can relate to, when everyone keeps their culture it is harder to have a true Canadian identity. It would be much easier to have a national identity if our country was unilingual and unicultural, because there would be one common way of getting things done. On the other hand, with these policies others see us as a country that does not force others into a certain culture, they can keep their culture if they want.
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