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SOCIAL 20-1: CANADIAN NATIONALISMPolitical Sovereignty-Why was each of these events an important step in Canada’ssovereignty)EventSummaryConfederationConfederation is the attempt to unitethe British North America colonies ofNova Scotia, New Brunswick andother province of CanadaThey decide to join together and createa new country because they want to beself-sustainable if Britain stopssupporting them.The union also promotes trade andeconomic growth between theprovinces and protection against theAmerican invasion and Fenians.There were 4 out of 6 colonies joinedtogether, the rest joined later.The confederation would beconsidered as a unifier to CanadianNationalism because it was the firstattempt to bring the different parts ofthe country together. People joinedtogether due to common values andinterests and the people from eachcolony are able to achieve protectionstability from this union.Canada’s Role in WWICanada participate in WWI as part ofthe British Empire. Throughout thewar, Canada developed a sense ofnationalism in battles like Vimy Ridge.It was the first battle in WWI that wasplanned and fought by Canadians, itproves that Canada can do great thingswhen they are united.After WWI, Canada was recognized asan independent country and we wereable to have a representative in thepeace conference post war instead ofrepresented by Britain.
This is a unifier to CanadianNationalism because it helpedCanadians develop a sense of nationby showing them that they can achievemany great things when they areunited. They felt a sense of pride andbrotherhood while fighting togetheragainst a common enemy. It created asense of belonging that people feelthey belong to this nation.Statute of WestminsterIt was a British law recognizingCanada as a sovereign State and giveCanada the full control of theirForeign Policy.It granted the former colonies fulllegal freedom from the British Empire.It is a unifier because Canada wasgiven sovereignty and they are able tocontrol their own domestic and foreignaffairs without the intervention ofBritain. People are able to seethemselves as Canadian instead ofbeing part of the British Empire. Bygaining full control of their ownaffairs, Canadians are able to developa sense of national pride andbelonging.Canada’s Role in WWIICanada played a big role in WWII.Millions of Canadians served full timein the military service.The war promoted Canada’s industry,raise women’s role in the economy,and many canadian were proud of theirservicesCanada’s participation in WWII is aunifier because it’s the first timeCanada is recognized as a sovereignon an international basis, theinternational community has seenCanada as an independent nationwhich creates a sense of national pridewithin Canada. It also created a senseof belonging as it is a common storythat all Canadian shares.

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