DEFINING MOMENTS OF CANADA

HOORIA MARRIUM

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Canada has a long history which speaks of its efforts. It has gone through many difficult and tough circumstances and milestones but has always shown courage and bravery. What Canada is today is because of the sacrifices of many Canadians to make its inhabitants feel safe. It has always provided the chance to make Canadians proud of their country. Here are few moments which helped make Canadians a proud nation.

BATTLE OF ATLANTIC (September 1939 to May 1945)

Battle of Atlantic is a very significant war during World War II in which Canada played the main role through its navy and air force. It is a defining moment for Canada because of the following reasons:


  • Canada did not go after Britain in its decision of declaring war on Germany, instead Canada declared war one week after Britain to show independence.

  • Secondly, without Canadian‘s efforts victory was impossible for Allied forces.

  • By the end of the war, Canada's navy had grown to become one of the largest in the world.

  • Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve earned a Victoria Cross (the highest award for military valour a Canadian can receive) in the closing days of the Second World War.

Hence, Canada's major role in the battle was the main reason for the German's defeat.

DISCOVERY OF INSULIN (1921)

Insulin, a major scientific advancement, was discovered by Dr. Frederick Banting in 1921. It is a defining moment for Canada because of the following reasons:


  • It shows the intelligence and capability of Canadians in 1920’s.
  • It introduced Canada on the international stage with a new identity.
  • It helped the diabetic patients to restore their health and assisted doctors to save the lives of their patients.
  • In 1923, Nobel Prize was awarded to Banting and Macleod by the Nobel Committee for the successful treatment of diabetic patients.
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Frederick Banting (on the left) and John James Rickard Macleod ( on the right)

THE CONSTITUTION ACT (1982)

The Constitution Act, 1982 was a landmark in the history of Canada. It is signed by the Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa. It is one of the defining moments for Canada because of the following reasons:


  • It ensures full independence of Canada.
  • Canada can amend their own constitution without requiring the approval of Britain.
  • It also enshrined the Charter of Rights and Freedom which is the highest law of land.

It is the most important moment for Canada because :

  • Canada no longer need British approval for amending the constitution.
  • The Charter of Rights and Freedom brought legal and social revolution in Canada. It ensures rights of minorities, recognizes treaty rights of aboriginals, codifies equalization and much more.
After so many years of efforts, Canada finally became successful in gaining full independence and sovereignty.

Charter of Rights and Freedom 1982

TERRY FOX (1980)

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox, a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, compassionate and cancer research activist, is a great personality and inspiration for everyone.


  • In 12 April, 1980, he started "Marathon of Hope" to raise money for cancer research even with one leg been amputated.
  • He ran from St John's Newfoundland to Thunder Bay, Ontario covering 5,373 km in 143 days.
  • He was the youngest person to be made a companion of the Order of Canada.
  • He was also named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Fox ranked second after Tommy Douglas in CBC program, " The Greatest Canadian."
  • He died a month before his 23rd birthday.
  • He was also named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Fox ranked second after Tommy Douglas in CBC program, " The Greatest Canadian."
  • His courage and determination have inspired millions of people around the world, many of whom participate in the annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research
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CONCLUSION

In conclusion to all this, Canada has gone through many important and significant events which helped Canada gain independence and identity. Canada has produced such great personalities which devoted their whole lives for humanity and on which Canadians are proud of such as Terry Fox, Pierre Trudeau, Frederick Banting which helped Canada stand firmly and strongly. Major battles fought during World War I and World War II showed Canadians courage and bravery and revealed that Canadians are a proud nation who are not afraid of any power against them. Hence, Canada is a glorious country and we should be proud of calling it our home.


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