A Changing Bond Between Citizen & Canada ?

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A Changing Bond Between Citizen & Canada ?

A Journey into Canada

We normally like to tackle lighter topics. But this article that crossed our desk gives us pause.

According to the results of a national polling partnership between CBC and the Angus Reid Institute, those aged 18 to 34 have a much cooler relationship to Canada than older Canadians.

It is thought that one possible reason for this changing relationship, is that a global technological revolution has made this younger generation more globally connected in real time than any previous group.

"I think within my parents, and I would even say my grandparent's generation, there was a much stronger urge to assimilate to kind of quote-unquote Canadian culture, which I think kind of mirrors Anglo-Saxon white Canadian culture", said Erica Isomura to the CBC. She is a fourth-generation Japanese- and Chinese-Canadian who works as a project co-ordinator for a Vancouver-based non-governmental organization, focusing on issues of inclusion and identity.

Isomura doesn't feel the same.

Her generation — bolstered by online communities and networks — is willing to reject the idea of one dominant Canadian culture and embrace multiple identities, she added.

It's a feeling that's reflected in the polling data.

But it's not just issues of identity politics that have millennials feeling wary — financial security is another key issue.

According to the survey, younger generations are more likely to say their attachment to Canada depends upon economic conditions than to say they love Canada for what it stands for.

It's all very different than how I grew up, a child of folks who endured and survived the Great Depression as well as World War II. Through all the challenges, that group was able to maintain a notion of connectivity to others in pursuit of a common good.