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What Canada Means to Me

I have traveled across the country from sea to sea. I think as a people this magnificent land has had a bearing on molding our character.

I have traveled across the country from sea to sea. I think as a people this magnificent land has had a bearing on molding our character.

From the First nations that crossed over through Beringia , to the immigrants seeking relief from poor conditions in Europe, to the homesteaders coming from the States, to the draft dodgers , to the current refugees from Syria and Africa, we have all come from backgrounds of wanting a better life.

Life has not always been easy, especially in our climate. However, we have become a nation of strong, freedom loving individuals that have a strong survival instinct. We have been through the Dirty Thirties, the stock market crash, world wars, floods and forest fires and numerous personal tragedies. But we survive to help our neighbours — from the airplane passengers stranded after 911, to the Red Cross relief for Fort MacMurray. Wherever and whenever there is a need Canadians step up.

We are a quieter nation than our neighbors to the south, but I would not change us. We believe in doing what we can to make other lives better. The number of volunteers that have signed up across Canada for 150 for 150 is amazing. Every day Canadians are doing what they can to make this a better place. I am proud to say that I am a Canadian. Canada is a beautiful place to live, but what makes it special is her people.