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Updated on Friday, December 12

#20245

OMG: Does Canada even have a distinct culture? It seems very much defined as "We aren't America" + we have mediocre (in terms of all countries, not compared to America) healthcare. And no, being multicultural (stealing other people's culture) is not a defining feature of our culture in and of itself.

MOD's NOTE: How about that poutine served at the outdoor hockey game eh? 

18 comments

  1. on behalf of uncultured canadians let me say, sorry friend

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  2. What defines the cultures of other countries? Their stereotypes? Just try and describe one country to me.

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  3. How is being multicultural stealing other peoples cultures?

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  4. How about you explain what you think culture is, op?

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  5. Silly OP. Canada's culture consists of treating immigrants and first-gens better than Canadians who've lived here and paid taxes for generations.

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    1. Wow, you've paid taxes for generations? Where'd you get the time machine?

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    2. @ 5a It's called reincarnation. Duh.

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    3. 5 sounds like a redneck. Yes, OP, canadians have red necks too

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    4. And people said the same thing about your family when they were immigrants at one point in history too. Then canada treated you well, and now your family is contributing to the canadian economy.

      I love that canadians welcome immigrants and first generation canadians. They are the people who make this country great and who keep it progressive.

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  6. Maple syrup, beaver tails, Timmie's, saying eh, bud and aboot, hockey, diversity, rational thought in times of crisis, global awareness. This is all part of Canadian culture

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    1. +1, and also: poutine, being polite, hunting, camping, canoeing (anything outdoors-y), and the many Aboriginal influences we have.

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    2. and the government supporting big oil but the citizens being against big oil, and support being environmentally friendly

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  7. I feel like Canadians are in general part of North American culture (vis a vis holidays, consumerism, diet, etc.) so obviously we compare ourselves to the US quite often. I think we're also defined by the geographical isolation between parts of the country (meaning that any Canada-wide cultural touchstones seem to be either government or advertising initiatives) and by our interest in political correctness and politeness. Other cultures don't seem to care as much about not rocking the boat.

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  8. Once you start traveling and meeting people from other countries it starts to make sense.

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  9. They have a culture, but not a particularly rich one, I think. Like how I can't find any one food that's peculiar to just Canada. I blame it on so-called "civililization" and the individualized way of thinking here, compared to other countries with rich cultures. (I've been around a bit, so I have a lot of material for comparison)

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    1. I can't recall any food particular to USA either (burgers are everywhere) but we do have Poutine at least.

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  10. Test to see if you are truly Canadian
    Watch Canadian stand up or comedy and if you find it funny...
    You are a Canadian!!!
    if you find it unfunny...
    Move

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    1. That's not a test to see if you're Canadian, that's a test to see if you have any taste.
      (hint: if you find any Canadian comedy after 1990 funny, you have no taste)

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