Monday, 30 June 2014

Proud to Be a Canadian

When I was in my late teens/early twenties I was taken aback by all of these people, usually guys, who were branding themselves with very "Canadian" tattoos.  The number of variations of maple leafs, flags and other iconic Canadian imagery blew my mind - particularly since I didn't feel very patriotic: and how "un-goth" is a tattoo that is bright red, white and perky anyway?  As the years passed and I spent more time outside of Canada and over 12 years in jobs that focus on helping both Canadians and internationally trained professionals begin their Canadian careers, my love and patriotism grew.  There is something drawing people to Canada, a lot of it being the warm hearts of a population that welcomes so many. I don't think I'm going to run out and get some red and white ink tomorrow, but my heart is definitely home.

My Canmerican friend's patriotic tattoo.

In Celebration of Canada's 147th Birthday Here are 47 of the reasons why I am proud to be Canadian:

  1. I don't care what they say, Size does matter and Canada is huge!  Canada is 9984670 km² and the world's second largest country
  2. People call it monopoly money, but they're just jealous of our rainbow coloured bills, don't even get them started on Canadian Tire currency!
  3. Ambiguous Spelling.  Sometimes we like to spell the UK way sometimes US, if you call us on it, you're wrong, but we'll be polite about it
  4. We name our Adirondack chairs by the province: in Alberta they're called "Camps", in Ontario "Muskoka Chairs"

  5. This land is your land, this land is our land: Canada's population density, at 3.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.5 /sq mi), is among the lowest in the world. 
  6. We're too cool for rhyming...even in the alphabet song, "zed" is a letter I assure you
  7. Diverse Population: Today, immigrants represent over 20 percent of the total Canadian population, the highest proportion among G8 countries
  8. The way we obsess about weather.  It's as if we are an entire nation of meteorologists

  9. Openness to culture, religion, sexual orientation and sharing our experiences.  When I look around Molly and Jack's daycare and see flags from all over the world and crafts coordinated by the ECE workers celebrating where they came from and what their traditions are it makes me so happy to know that they are being taught love
  10. Landscape Diversity: Canada has 288 mountains, 3 oceans bordering, prairies and 561 lakes to explore

  11. The insane decadent one upmanship of food offered at the Canadian National Exhibition.  Who is ever going to forget chocolate covered bacon or the Cronut Burger (even if it did make people sick)
  12. The documentary Let's All Hate Toronto
  13. They're called Beaver Tails, not Elephant Ears
  14. Degrassi: The Street, The Jr. High, The High and The Next Generation
  15. Maple Syrup - I can't wait to take the kids to Pioneer Village to experience this for real
  16. Alexander Keiths - Canada's answer to Guinness for "National Beer"
  17. Totem Poles

    Totem Poles Stanley Park

  18. Terry Fox
  19. Douglas Coupland, Mr. Generation X, Mr. Canada.
  20. Hockey Night in Canada may have been the only thing that kept us and Molly sane during colic
  21. Our love of big things as road side attractions.
  22. Montreal Steak Spice
  23. Red Rose Tea
  24. Patio season
  25. The Canoe

    attempting a portage over a beaver damn

  26. Our celebrities make wine: Dan Akroyd, Wayne Gretzky
  27. Ketchup Chips
  28. Our Health Care System: After having twins via C-section and seeing the care that my father received post-heart attack, I heart Canadian Health Care
  29. Parental Leave: Although I'm a little bitter that I didn't get 100 weeks because I had two kids at once, being able to spend 13 months at home when Molly and Jack were first born was amazing
  30. Gay Marriage
  31. Canadian Music: Feist, Sloan, The Stars, Metric,Tegan and Sara we love you all!
  32. Craft Beer: My personal all-time favourite is Moncton's Blueberry Cream Ale
  33. Canada has more clean water than any other nation
  34. Bryan Adams
  35. Poutine
  36. Loonies and Toonies (or shrapnel in my pocket as our Welsh friend likes to call it)
  37. Kinder Surprises
  38. Jedi is an official sanctioned church in Canada
  39. The Log Driver's Waltz
  40. Canadian Bacon, and regular bacon - we really like bacon
  41. Jack Bower is really Canadian (so is his daughter)
  42. Our apologetic nature: We are so sorry for Nickelback, Justin Bieber and Rob Ford
  43. Anne of Green Gables
  44. Narwhal - Unicorn of the Ocean
  45. Leonard Cohen
  46. The people who live here, want to live here and are proud to be from here!

What makes you most proud to be Canadian - please share!

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