by Jason Falls
Originally published: January 11, 2017
It is hard to imagine what our country looked like 150 years ago. In 1867, Canada was a patchwork of colonies, Crown land and indigenous territory, each consisting of groups with little in common. As time has passed, our country has gained symbols and practices that unite us. Canadian citizenship established in 1947, our flag adopted in 1965, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 are some of the things all Canadians can point to that help to define who we are.
Yet defining a single collective Canadian culture can be a challenge. While all Canadians have a lot in common, every region, province, territory, ethnic background, linguistic background, and religion is unique. It is easy to find differences between the culture that exists in Gander, N.L., and the culture that exists in Orillia.
So, is there a common Canadian culture? This is a question debated by many and is often left without a clear answer.