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Unit 2 Position Paper - Alex Cheveldave
“But I find that the time has probably come for us to realize what we have in common. Because living together and being part of a country, being part of a nation, means being able to project ourselves and relate to common values, to certain principles, to our institutions also.”     - Governor General Michaelle Jean

To what extent have historical and contemporary examples of nationalism in Canada shown the same perspective as the source above?

       The source is a quote from Governor General, Michaelle Jean on how a country can be related. As we start to find common ground with each other, we will grow as a nation. She states that “living together and being part of a country, being part of a nation means being able to project ourselves and relate to common values, to certain principles, to our institutions also.”  In simpler words Michaelle Jean is saying that over time the country of Canada has came to be a nation by projecting ourselves as one and relating through interests and events both historically and contemporary. By the common values being evident in Canada it helps us to take part in events that will shape the nation. Many famous events can help to support the interests and perspectives of Michaelle Jean. The best way to learn about and help to form any nation, is to find common values to create a more recognizable relationship. This is a good way to learn how people in Canada live as well. Canadian history provides a look into how the nation became strong and recognized. Every society has values, which make it unique and are important to its members. It is impossible to provide a simple description of Canadian culture and Canadian values. Vimy Ridge, 1917, proved Canada to be a strong part in WWI. The Battle of Vimy Ridge put the Canadian Military on the map as a noticeable and powerful institution. An institution is any structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behavior of a...
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