Living the Canadian Life

“What does it mean to be Canadian?” It’s a question Canadians love to ask. Are Canadians defined by the sports they play? The foods they eat? The television shows they watch? The policies of their government? The fact that they’re “not Americans”? The answer is all of the above.

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“Culture” is an obviously broad category that can include any number of topics depending on who’s setting the terms. In this section, we’re going to look at “culture” as Canadians traditionally define it, which is to say, the collection of things that provides a sense of purpose and patriotism to residents of the country, including both cultural products and social attitudes.

Our look at cultural products will include a survey of some of the most famous Canadian works of art, literature, and music, as well as television shows, movies, and sports. We’ll also examine the ways Canadians behave and think about themselves, and examine some of the political beliefs that are starting to play a larger and larger role in defining the Canadian identity.

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Social Issues

Canadian laws and attitudes on divisive social issues like drugs, abortion, and gambling.

Manners and Etiquette

Standards of good and bad behaviour in Canada.

Traditions

Canadian customs for celebrating and honouring various events and occasions.

Religion

The different religions and denominations practiced by people in Canada.

High Culture

"Highbrow" culture in Canada, including art and literature.

Pop Culture

TV shows, movies, music, and other elements of Canadian pop culture.

Sports

Popular sports and professional teams in Canada.

Anti-Americanism

Canada's often hostile views towards the United States and Americans.

Self-Image

How Canadians see themselves.

Urban Legends

Weird things Canadians believe... or not!