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Updated on Tuesday, September 8

#21248

OMG: I really dislike how Canadian cultural discussions unintentionally disenfranchise those whose families are neither Native nor immigrant. There's a group of people who tend to be ignored in cultural discussions, and when not ignored lumped in with the immigrants, that is those whose families have been here long enough that this is their homeland.

Those of us whose families have been in this country long enough to have no living memory of the "homeland," for whom Canada has become the homeland, but are not Native, are usually the minority in any community. This group's culture is the defining feature of Canadian nationalism.

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  1. What are you talking about? Canadian families are either Native or immigrants.

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    1. I think they mean people like my family - we've lived here since my ancestors were forced out of the States during the American Revolution. Still immigrants, but after several centuries, when/if do we stop being classified as 'newcomers'?

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    2. Yep. If your family immigrated here at some point, you are a settler. No other way to slice it. Call yourself a settler descendant if that sounds better to you, but unless you have some degree of First Nations ancestry, you are a settler.

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    3. Well that's a little ridiculous 1b. How many hundreds of years does my family have to have been in Canada before I can just answer "Canadian" when somebody asks about my heritage?

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  2. WTF, none of my (many generational) Canadian friends have ever brought this up as a problem in their lives. Also none of them are egotistical to think that they alone are "the defining feature of Canadian nationalism".

    Just concentrate on enjoying all the small nice things in life. Eat, sleep, have sex, be generous, enjoy the rewards of hard work. Forget borders and history

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  3. My advice is to look at who is calling you an immigrant if your family has been here already for several generations.

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  4. Translation: "I am white. Fuck affirmative action. Economy is in the dump and everyone is doing poorly, so I feel particularly disenfranchised cuz all these fucking immigrants and natives get preferential treatment. These immigrants in particular. These fuckers remember their homeland. I am Canadian. These immigrants are not. They should go home."

    You don't have to be so pc man/woman. Let it out. Please. Tell all of us bad, bad immigrants that we need to go away. The white man is getting soft on us...

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