The Concept Of Canadian Identity Essay

727 Words Mar 15th, 2016 3 Pages
The concept of Canadian identity is difficult to define, as there are many unique interpretations of what it means to be Canadian. Throughout the development of Canada’s political and cultural landscape, a divide between the historically English and French speaking regions of Canada formed and, even today, this divide continues to exist. The government in the predominantly English-speaking regions of Canada created a single concept of what being Canadian meant, at the expense of other distinct cultures within Canada, including French-Canadians as well as Inuit, Metis, and First Nations groups. As British colonialism expanded across Canada, existing cultures became increasingly dominated by British values and cultural norms as the British attempted to assimilate Indigenous peoples while simultaneously suppress Quebecois identity. In response, French-Canadians demanded a voice for protection of their cultural rights, seeing themselves as being a colonized people, despite having colonized Indigenous peoples themselves. The Parti Quebecois perceived itself as a nationalist voice for the people of Quebec formed in order to prevent cultural erasure by English-speaking Canada, but lacked a unified body of support from the people of Quebec due to failures in addressing economic and security concerns with its strong nationalist leanings. The party has since evolved into a group protecting the cultural rights of French-Canadians as a minority group, preserving a part of the Canadian…

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