Defining moments

By: Native Dudes

Proud to be a Canadian

The Battle Of Vimy Ridge

The Great War was a landmark in Canadian national development. In 1914, Canada entered the war as a colony, a mere extension of Britain overseas; in 1918, Canada was forging visibly ahead to nationhood. Canada began the war with one division of citizen soldiers under the command of a British general, and ended with a superb fighting force under the command of a Canadian. For a nation of eight million people Canada's war effort was remarkable. A total of 619,636 men and women served in the Canadian forces in the First World War, and of these 66,655 gave their lives and another 172,950 were wounded. Nearly one of every ten Canadians who fought in the war did not return. It was this Canadian war record that won for Canada a separate signature on the Peace Treaty signifying that national status had been achieved.

The Discovery Of Insulin

In the 1920's, people all around the world had diabetes. No one knew what caused diabetes and no one knew what to do about it. But Canadian Dr.Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best, came up with one of the most revolutionary discoveries in medical science which was insulin. This topic is essential in understanding Canadian history because it shows how innovative and progressive Canadians were and still are today. It tells people that we as Canadians are highly educated and are willing to make great contributions for the whole world. The discovery of insulin changed and affected Canada and the world in a prodigious way because it saved millions of lives, and still is saving millions of lives worldwide every year. And will always be remembered as "Canada's greatest medical innovation".

Sir Frederick Banting - Discovered insulin to treat diabetes

Revising The Indian Act

For Aboriginal peoples across Canada, 1950s marked the beginning of a new campaign to regain their rights in their homeland. The revisions to the Indian Act in 1951 eased some of the restrictive and discriminatory policies. It gave First Nations bands more control over their finances and internal affairs. It gave First Nations the freedom to move from reserves without permission, which launched the beginning of a significant migration to urban areas. The Act restored the rights of Aboriginal people to practice their traditional dances and celebrations. It shows that Canadians cannot tolerate being treated like prisoners. It displays how seriously Canadians take the rights government has for them.


Trudeau envisioned a country in which many different cultures would not only live together peacefully, but also maintain their cultural identities, In 1970, he formally recognized the diverse nature of Canadian society by adopting the multiculturalism as an official government policy. This is a defining moment because Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism which represented a new direction for Canada. It demonstrated that the government formally recognized the rights and distinct identities of the many different cultures that call Canada home. The policy of multiculturalism became the basis for the new laws guaranteeing equal access to jobs, housing, and education.