“Is it the swaying maple trees
Or the chilly winter breeze
That makes us Canadian?
The pucks on the ice
The line in the water
Is this Canadian?
Is either the beaver
Or the moose
Even the goose,
Making us Canadian?
Last time I recalled
That was not at all,
Being Canadian is an honour
Free country as they say.
We have rights,
Everyone does in Canada
Or a complicated goodbye
Canada is more than “eh”
Free range, ready to explore
Because in Canada your life is an open door.”
While we are rightly glorified hockey champions, with Olympic medals this is not the main reason why I am proud to be Canadian. Our diverse wildlife throughout the vast expanse land of Canada is impressive and quite captivating this is not the main reason why I am proud to be Canadian. Our pancakes and waffles may be the most tasty in the morning due to our flavourful maple syrup but this as well is not the main reason I am proud to be Canadian.
The fact that Canada is a beautiful colourful mosaic of people from different cultures and walks of life, that we openly accept is the reason why I am a proud Canadian. Without our accepting nature I may have not been in this country today. My mom immigrated into this gorgeous country from Ireland with her parents when she was a baby. Being a Canadian citizen I am not just allowed, but encouraged to be proud of both my Irish heritage, and of being a part of this glorious nation. This accepting nature is what draws so many people into this great country, and makes them wish to become Canadian citizens.
Canada is also known as a great humanitarian entity, which is another reason why I am a proud Canadian. Canada’s humanitarian assistance funds in 2013 is a mind blowing 5 billion USD. While we are mocked for saying sorry so much it speaks to our character, of being reflective modest people. Saying sorry has even been found to boost happiness and strengthen relationships.
Our great country is also a renowned country in the rights for everyone. In Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms it is clear that every person in Canada regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic religion, or physical or mental disability is considered equal. Canada is a world leader in women’s rights, Canada was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women setting the bar internationally. Canada again set the bar high when they became the first country outside Europe and the fourth around the world to legalize same sex marriage in 2005.
If these reasons do not make you want to be Canadian take a look at a dominant figure in Canadian history, Terry Fox. This hometown hero who lived a city away from me in beautiful British Columbia is an inspiration to everyone. Terry’s dream was to run the Marathon of Hope, where he would run across Canada, from ocean to ocean in the hopes of raising money for cancer research which he had lost his leg to. Somehow Terry Fox remained cheerful and determined with a goal set in mind to help the lives of others. He ran an unimaginable average of 42 kilometers per day during his marathon of Hope, through all types of weather including wind, rain, and snow. Unfortunately Terry lost his life when the cancer came back in his lungs this time. He had not died in vain. Today this amazing young man is an inspiration to not just Canadians, but people all over the world. Terry had accomplished his goal of raising a dollar from every Canadian towards cancer research during his Marathon of Hope. His memory has not been forgotten and Terry Fox Runs are now held every September in Canada as well as in over 50 other countries. Terry’s story inspires all of us to become the best that we can be, realizing that anything is possible if we try hard enough.
These are the main reasons that I am a truly proud Canadian.
Canada is in no way “eh?” Canada is truly amazing.
Your Miss Teenage South Western British Columbia,
“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think is right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~John Diefenbaker