I am a proud Canadian.

A Montreal native.

Growing up immersed in different languages, surrounded by different cultures and curious about all religions.

I lived on the South Shore of Montreal but spent lots of time in Outremont, where my grandparents lived.

I learned at a young age that our city was an intrinsic pattern consisting of people from all parts of the globe.

I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts: major in History from Concordia University.

It is during my studies that I learned the importance Canada played on the world stage.

I feel connected to our roots as a leading country.

Every November when we observe a moment of silence, as the bugle plays, I weep for all those who sacrificed for us.

The landscape from sea to sea - so naturally beautiful.

Think Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise, Anticosti Island, Newfoundland and so many other places.

Then there is our music too.

The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Alanis Morissette (Jagged Little Pill was the soundtrack to my youth), Jane Arden, The Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace etc.

The younger generation has been successful on a global scale: Drake and Justin Bieber.

We have an A-list of actors: Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Seth Rogen, Ellen Page and William Shatner, of course.

Our flag simple but elegant.

The red maple leaf.

A symbol that we carry everywhere we go.

When travelling we open ourselves up to foreigners merely by wearing our flag.

The world knows that Canadians are friendly people by nature.

We have the reputation of being laid back.

Hockey is our sport.

Regardless of the team we root for we are passionate about our hockey.

It’s crazy how a sport can bring so many people together; in shared joy and/or sorrow.

All over this country parents spend endless hours in arenas…. Year after year after year.

Ask any Canadian and in seconds they can list off the all time greats.

With every passing year and a greater understanding of our times.

Now more than ever I am proud to be Canadian.

© 2018 Audrey Burt

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