Monday, March 1, 2010

A Canadian thought for the day

A thought to start the week.

Maurice: How ‘bout that men’s hockey win eh?

Yes, Canada’s men won the big gold medal game against the U.S. and suddenly there’s an explosion of patriotism in the true north…and I just don’t really get it. Yes, it was a tense game, hard played, the perfect ending to a wonderful Vancouver Olympics etc…But a gold medal in hockey is not why I love my country. Here’s an excerpt from a piece I wrote for, the focus was “Land: My Story”:

Concrete towers and asphalt roads dot my horizon. Land, as an organic, life-giving entity doesn’t seem to correlate with my 9-5 office job. I am a city girl. I’ve always lived in large urban centres, where pockets of land are set aside for recreation. I’ve never had to gather crops or water fields, and my income has never been dependent on the weather.
However, when I think about the land of my country, Canada, a vastly different picture emerges. I see strength, families bundling up against -40 degree Manitoba blizzards without batting an eye. I ponder struggle, what are the true implications of the battle for Aboriginal treaty rights? I envision beauty, friends sharing a day’s end in front of the most beautiful Saskatchewan sunset. And I contemplate conflict, is producing crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands really the greatest of environmental crimes?
I guess these few examples from my “home and native land” speak to the nature of land itself – a living, dynamic, complex organism. Forever giving and taking, being taken from and given to. And this realization is where, under fluorescent office light, I can find meaning. Because with this awareness comes a certainty that cannot be ignored. I must always respect my country and cherish her land. And I must never take my home for granted.


  1. Budilian said...
    Yeah, I don't really get the, "I've never been more proud to be Canadian" thing either. It took the Olympics to do that? Kind of sad. Don't get me wrong, the game was fabulous but it doesn't make me want to tatoo a maple leaf on my arm. I've been thinking more about what it means to be dedicated to your country. Maybe I'll blog about it ;-) btw i liked the post.
    cabin + cub said...
    Great post. Isn't it funny how it does takes a hockey game to get everyone so patriotic? (at least it is step up from a beer commercial, ie. "I am Canadian") Seeing it first hand in the streets of Vancouver though, it was pretty cool to see.

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