The home of polar bears, agriculture, hockey, and diverse ethnic groups. The home of beavers, Tim Hortons, and la crosse. Canada, my home. I revel in the fact that I get to call myself Canadian. I am Canadian, I constantly apologize, and I pronounce the last letter of the alphabet “zed” instead of “zee”. You may wonder what makes Canada great? What makes Canada special or different? What makes Canada the friendliest nation in the world?
Our diversity and multi-culturalism, our family like atmosphere, our willingness to put others before ourselves. As a nation, we choose peace instead of war, hope instead of futility, and love instead of hate. We accept others for who they are despite race, sexuality, or beliefs. We believe in equality and justice in everything we do. I am extremely blessed to have grown up in a country as amazing as Canada. My life has been filled with all of these things Canada stands for, and all of the things it houses.
I remember family ski trips to Banff, Alberta, visits to the CN tower in Toronto, Ontario with my closest friends, vacations at the cabin on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, road trips through the flat lands of Manitoba through Saskatchewan, and choir tours across British Columbia. Each of these adventures and experiences have shaped me into who I am today, and have illuminated the beauty within our incredible country.
I love how at ease I feel in Canada, whether it be within my familiar community or in another province. I love how parents are all “block parents” and look after the neighborhood children without being told. I love how we never judge a “book by its cover”, and are open to new relationships and different people.
We take pride in being Canadian. We celebrate our nationality. We celebrate Canada’s reputation. We celebrate our independence.
Together, we understand what it means to live in this breathtaking nation. From coast to coast, we keep Canada clean. The crisp air and white powdered mountains in British Columbia, the sharp smelling pine trees throughout the territories, the brilliantly colored prairies, and the rocky terrain and clean water towards the east, we take as much care in our environment as we do in human interaction. This goes to show that that is quite a bit.
We have grit and determination in every aspect of life. We downplay the weather and treat minus forty-five, as if it were minus ten. We have grit, and determination when it comes to innovation and union. We have strong morals and self respect. We never give up when the going gets tough.
Canada is my home, and will forever be my home, no matter where I may end up. My character was built through Canada and is based off of what Canada stands for. This country will forever be a part of me, and to have that affect on someone goes to show just how amazing this nation really is.