The Mother of a Road Trip to Find and Define Canadian Identity in the Twenty-First Century
Definding Canada will be more than a book. It will be an interactive multimedia project, incorporating social media, television and film as well as traditional print and electronic publication. The plan is to engage Canadians in an innovative and yet timely pictorial and analytic exploration of the relationship between the diverse geographies and peoples of Canada. The objective is to better understand what it is to be Canadians in a turbulent twenty-first century. This exploration is particularly relevant as we approach the 150th anniversary of Canada with an increasingly fragmented national identity and chronically ill-defined defence and foreign policies.
Canada is the second largest country in the world by total area and the fourth largest by land area. Our border with the United States is the world’s longest land border. We are also blessed with tremendous geographic and cultural diversity. Through much of our history, flanked by three oceans and a friendly neighbour, we have also enjoyed the relative national security of continental isolation. Globalization, accessible and rapid international transportation and a growing virtual community, however, suggest that we are overdue for a rethink of our assumed national security.