Voices From Canada: Quotations About Canada
This is a poetic tribute to Canada, compiled of quotes and sayings about Canada from the people who knew it: the First Nations people, immigrants to Canada, and people who live here now. These are Canadian quotes that you may have never heard before, telling you about a country called Canada that is like no other.
Listen as your tour guide leads you to listen to each voice, a voice singing out in the wilderness, aware of the special quality of this nation, Canada. Each one, whether First Nations, Immigrant or modern Canadian adding to tribute. Listen closely now ...
Welcome to Canada
Ladies and gentleman, I would like to welcome you to the land of a thousand places. Spanning 5061 kilometres in length and an area of nearly 10 million square kilometres, this country is the second largest in the world.
There are so many places in Canada. You will be able to find any place that your heart desires in this country. Are you craving some ocean salt and the lulling comfort of a long, arid beach? Perhaps your taste runs more to the flat grasslands or the rocky bush country. Need a break? Need a time-out? Canada is the place to come. We have thousands of acres of undeveloped land, land which still sits as God created it: untouched, unploughed, unwashed.
Welcome to Canada, ladies and gentleman. Many others have come before you and found the magic in this vast land. Let us listen to some of their voices as they talk about what they have seen in this land.
First Nations Voices
First, let us listen to the voices of those who first owned this land: the First Nations of Canada. These were the people who loved the land in its purest form, for its rivers, lakes and wildlife. They saw a Canada that we will never see. Let us listen first to their voices. First, a voice about saving the environment, long before we had heard of "being green."
Only when the last tree has died
and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught
will we realize
we cannot eat money.
--Cree Indian Expression
Chief Dan George
And from a famous chief, author and actor, we hear about how the land itself speaks to him:
The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky,
The rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning,
the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me.
The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away, they speak to me
And my heart soars.
--Chief Dan George
And from another important First Nations leader, we are given a reminder of how important it is to save the land.
"We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees."
--Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation
All First Nations quotes taken from the following website:
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Next, we will listen to the voices of immigrants: those who chose to come here, in spite of not knowing what they would find. Those people who call Canada home after living somewhere else and have sacrificed their the comfort and familiar for the prospect of a better life. What do immigrants have to say about Canada?
An newly arrived immigrant writing to his wife, in 1832, says this of Canada:
I cannot give you much account of Canada at present ... the flies are very troublesome; there are great numbers, and different from those in England ... The people seem to be very bad farmers. ...Whiskey very cheap."
--Stephen Goatcher, from English immigrant voices: labourers' letters from Upper Canada in the 1830s pg. 13
From a former servant in England who had immigrated to Canada, writing to an acquaintance in England:
This is a good country, for a poor man: he can get a good living, if he is industrious. I have also to mention to you, that the winter is a little colder, and the summer is a little warmer than in England. ... This is a good country. I like it very much. I would not go back to England on no account.
--James Lanaway, from English immigrant voices: labourers' letters from Upper Canada in the 1830s pg. 298
And from a proper lady who married a bush man, and then grew to love her rough land:
Canada may not possess mines of gold or silver, but she possesses all those advantages of climate, geological structure and position, which are essential to greatness and prosperity.
Her long and severe winters, so disheartening to her first settlers, lays up, amidst the forests of the West, inexhaustible supplies of fertilizing moisture for the summer.
--Susanna Moodie, from Roughing it in the bush, or, Life in Canada pg. 296
Have You Ever Been To Canada?
Modern Day Canadians
And finally, let us hear the voices of some modern-day Canadians. Listen to the voices that speak out about this place called Canada.
From a Canadian immigrant who has set up a website, Swan Paradise, declaring the wonders of Canada:
...once we discovered Canada's marvellous beauty, including its pristine nature scenery and its friendly people, we felt an instant connection. From the moment we filed our papers to come to Canada to the moment we arrived here, we grew fonder and fonder of this country. Once we finally reached our destination, we knew we had found our best place to live in the world.
From a former Honourable Prime Minister we hear poetry and longing:
Have you ever, on a cloudless night, looked down from a passing aircraft flying over Canada? Endless, glowing strings of cities, towns, and homesteads. Stretching on and on, one province to the next. With only the stars in the distance.
I am Canadian Rant
I Am Canadian Rant
And finally from a commercial about Canada:
Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled....
and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really really nice.
I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.
I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!
Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America
My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!
Ladies and gentleman, I hope you have learned from these voices of Canada. Thank you for listening and welcome to Canada, true North strong and free.
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Background Note: This hub started from a lesson I did in my Social Studies class about Canada. I was searching for a way for the students to get excited about Canadian geography, our curriculum topic.
I wrote down the title, "Canada: The Land of a Thousand Places," and a few notes, which I shared with the class. Years later, I found the notes and created this hub out of it. As writers, we can get our inspiration from anywhere. Thanks for reading!
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