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".