What It Means to Be Canadian, According to Teens
What does it mean to you to be Canadian?
Mikaeel: I think it means living in one of the best countries in the world where all races and creeds are accepted.
Ella: To me, being Canadian means living in a free country, getting a good education and having free healthcare, plus knowing how to bundle up for the cold!
Why do you think Canada is one of the best places in the world to live?
Mikaeel: I think Canada is one of the best places in the world to live because it is a very peaceful country and it is filled with beautiful nature.
Ella: I think Canada is one of the best places to live because we have a stable government, and there aren’t any wars or conflict, which makes it a very peaceful place to live.
If Canada could teach the rest of the world one thing, what would it be?
Mikaeel: I think the rest of the world could learn from Canada’s diversity and equality, as well as the kindness of Canadians.
Ella: I know this a big stereotype, but I do think Canadians are very polite, and we pass on our politeness wherever we go.
What is our government doing right and wrong for Canadians?
Mikaeel: I think our government has done a lot of good things like universal health care but needs to improve on benefits for seniors such as universal Pharmacare.
Ella: I think the government is doing a good job of preserving nature through national and provincial parks, and making sure we don’t take too much of the land to build on. I think they could work on paying the people who help other people, like teachers, nurses, and childcare workers, a wage that everyone thinks is fair.
What is your favourite Canadian invention?
Mikaeel: My favourite Canadian invention is insulin as it was invented right here in London.
Ella: My favourite Canadian invention is the pacemaker. A pacemaker is a device that helps people with heart issues. It does this by sending electric signals to make it pump the right way