I am a fourth generation Canadian. I was born and raised in Charlottetown. I’ve lived in Summerside, Fredericton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Prince George. And I’ve only been outside of this country a few times. So it’s hard for me to imagine what someone who has never been here wonders and asks about Canada. However, on the birthday of our incredible nation, I will add my loonie’s worth.
True patriot love in all ̶t̶h̶y̶ ̶s̶o̶n̶s̶ of us command
We are a monarchy. We are democratic. Peaceful and tolerant, we are willing to embrace diversity for the inclusion of all.
God save our land
We were founded on christianity but we have grown to become so much more. Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddha, Jain, Sikh and even Neopagan and Neo-druid.
The True North strong and free
Vast and rugged, we are the second largest country in the world. Like an awkward teen we still struggle to grow into both our physical size as well as our stature among other countries. Settled by the French and the English, our early practices of colonisation have now been replaced by our current attempts at reconciliation — a process that both shames us and shows our willingness to learn, atone and grow for the betterment of our country.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise
Hockey, our official national winter sport. We are regarded as not only the creators of the game but also leaders in the game. Our rise in hockey has made moments like these:
But being Canadian means our rise is also captured in moments like these ones:
And while the most popularly played sport in Canada (soccer) has not yet achieved the same rise as the most popular sport in this country (hockey), with our glowing hearts we have plenty of room to see thee rise. It is our open-mindedness and willingness to be inclusive that may see this happen.
We are hockey and we are soccer.
But that’s not all we are.
We are curlers and we are golfers.
We are figure skaters and we are baseball players.
We are players of wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
We are born citizens and naturalised citizens, immigrants and refugees. We are a fusion of ideas and actions and one of the greatest places to live because of that melange.
We are nationalistic, yet individualistic.
And for those reasons, I’m proud to be a soccer loving Canadian.
Happy Canada Day! Go Canada go!