Welcome to my journey
The Mother of All Road Trips – to find and define an inclusive Canadian identity for the twenty-first century.
There were changes needed to the Definding Canada Brochure so it is gone. An updated version should be replacing it this sometime this fall.
Click on the picture to access the old Definding Canada Survey.I’ve taken a break from the survey for several months but will be resurrecting it in the next few months. The original survey took about 10 minutes to complete. The new survey will take a little longer, but I promise, no essay type questions!
Exploring, through imagery and narrative, the relationship between Canadian geography and people as an influence on Canadian national identity and security preferences.
By Melanie Graham (Lt(Navy) (ret’d) BA, MA, DStG
Definding Canada is a quest to find and define what it is to be a Canadian in the twenty-first century. The project was originally supposed to involve more than eighteen months of research, six of which would be spent traveling all over Canada. Life intervened and the road trip has been delayed but research has begun anew this fall. The objective is to produce a print and electronic book as well as a documentary film that helps to identify an inclusive national identity based on values that are shared across the diversity that is Canada.
The objective is to explore the relationship between the land and the people of Canada, historical and contemporary, as it influences shared values and priorities that find expression in individual, community and national identity. This will be accomplished through observation, historical research, photography, video, and videoed interviews as well as an online survey and use of social media.
Spring and summer 2016 involved some travel and a lot of research and writing concurrent with the launch of the on-line survey to ask Canadians, in the context of their geography and heritage, what it means to them to be Canadian.
I was hoping that in 2017 I could capitalize on Canadian enthusiasm for the 150th anniversary of Confederation and and embark on a pan-Canadian road trip. Maybe spring 2019?
Publication of the print and e-book is anticipated for late 2020 or early 2021. The documentary film would be released in early 2020.