INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

Canada Day is a pretty big event in this country, so a lot of us got a Canadian culture overload these days. I want to share with you what interesting things I learned during Canada Day and from the pictures I took.

First of all, why Canada Day? On July 1, 1867 the Constitution Act officially proclaimed Canadian Confederation with initially four provinces – Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. British Columbia and Vancouver Island joined the Confederation in 1871. Now the country celebrates its birthday on every July 1st!

National Anthem
“O Canada” became national anthem in 1980 and it exists officially in English and French. You will need this one for a hockey game as well!
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Cultural Diversity
In case you didn’t notice, Canada is pretty international. The Canada Day parade basically consisted of dances and costumes from all over the world. Canada has one of the highest immigration rates and the immigrants are from over 200 countries of origin. Multiculturalism in Canada is even in the law. The “Canadian Multiculturalism Act” was passed in 1988 and aims to preserve and enhance multiculturalism in Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The “Mounties” are Canada’s national and federal police force, and the local police force in some of the less populous provinces. It is unique in the world because it is the national, federal, provincial and municipal police. I’m sure you have seen the famous images of those red uniforms with the black jodhpurs and the distinctive hat as Canadian stereotypes! However, whenever they do not participate in parades, those guys are usually dressed in standard police uniforms.

Canada is a little bit into sports
Wearing a hockey jersey on July 1st is as good as having the Canadian flag. Any kind of team works, whether it’s the national hockey shirt, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens. Good thing that Canadians can use those expensive shirts all year round. Btw, the next NHL ice hockey season starts on October 11th. Meanwhile, during the summer Canadians are busy watching the Olympics that start on July 27th. There is an official national jersey for that as well! Also, don’t forget the White Caps in Vancouver.

If you attended the festivities on Canada Place you might have seen the lumberjack show. A lumberjack is the original Canadian! They are those guys dressed in a long-sleeved plaid flannel shirt – that’s how the world sees the Canadian men. When Europeans discovered the continent and its resources, lumberjacks worked in the logging industry harvesting and transporting trees. A whole tradition was built around this job and lifestyle, lumberjacking even became a competitive sport in the late 1800s. Missed the show? You can see one on top of Grouse Mountain.

Any other Canadian facts that caught you attention on Canada Day? Let us know!


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