Our country was founded on a mistaken premise. And like the very best of humanity, once the mistake was made, we owned it.
If you are a Canadian, or a canadien/ne, or anyone who travels around the globe with a cartoon leaf sewn onto to your luggage — or even if you're just pitifully obsessed with re-enacting zeitgeist beer ads from the 90s — you should know that every time you say "I'm a Canadian" or "I'm from Canada" you are also saying "I'm a villager" or "I'm from the village."
Most of us know that because it was so wonderfully and kitschily canonized in that Canadian 'Heritage Minute' where a pompous French priest insists that he knows what the Iroquois chief is saying, and mistakenly translates an invitation from the elder to check out the neighbourhood as a declaration of nationhood. The Iroquois word "kanata" means village.
Some 500 years later and that mistake of meaning has proven to be one of Canada's most defining qualities. We are physically the secondRead More »from 4 things you don't know about Canada on its 148th birthday