Canadian, eh? This essay is about what it means to be Canadian. It encorporates the topic of Canadian multiculturalism, "Canandian Attitude", and, or course, Canadian pride.

Essay by CanadianGirlHigh School, 10th gradeA, December 2002

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Canadian, eh?

Every Canadian community is a gold mine of diverse people, cultures, traditions, and history. Rediscovering their wealth goes to the heart of our Canadian nature. It is the knowledge and high regard of their roots and sense of belonging at home, school, place of work, or place of worship, to name only a few, that strengthens their feelings of who they are as Canadians. If someone has been described as Canadian, it means that he is a part of Canadian society. Canadians are free. They have the freedom to think for themselves, speak what they wish, and live their lives to the fullest, in turn having certain collective ideas, traits, and qualities. Generally, they possess a Canadian attitude, an acceptance of Canadian multiculturalism, and most importantly, Canadian pride.

While Canadians are sometimes depicted as a beer drinking, party loving, and rugged in attitude, when in fact they are generally quite reserved and passive.

In reality, Canadians have become known for their great humanitarian efforts. Canadians are continually recognized for the way in which they go in after the occurrence of devastation and help the civilian population, of that particular community or country, get back on their feet. An example of this was seen in the Kosovo crisis, when they brought refugees to Canada and provided for them while there was war in their homeland. They are also known for their peacekeeping ways. They are slow and cautious when entering battles and are reluctant to choose sides between nations in acts of inhumanity and crime. People from all around the world come to Canada, looking for refuge. They have come to see Canada as a peaceful country, where they will have a

chance at a free and good life while being accepted and considered an equal.

The concept...