What It Means To Be ‘Canadian’ According To Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada is a government resource that aims to assist visitors and new immigrants to better understand Canadian cultural norms and conversations by outlining the Canadian government’s definitions of what it means to be a Canadian. And in classic fashion, the government’s advice is about as stereo typically Canadian as you imagine.

According to Global Affairs Canada, our country loves beer, hockey, food, music, politeness, diversity, and so much more. Topics range from casual conversations to how to understand shared historical events. For instance…. “The best way to impress most Canadians is to show what you have noticed is different from the United States” However, the guide points out that we mustn’t offend Canada’s polite sensibilities by not overtly criticizing the U.S. The guide also mentions that “most Canadians see themselves as humbler, and funnier” than Americans.

The guide also mentions hockey heroes such as Wayne Gretzky and Maurice Richard as being universally loved in Canada. It highlights differences between French and English Canada as well, citing Rene Levesque and Terry Fox as other highly revered figures. According to the website, Canadians also love talking about their musicians, comedians, and actors.

Story source: https://www.international.gc.ca/cil-cai/country

Image source: https://www.spjournal.com/article/

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