Exploring, through imagery and narrative, the relationship between the diverse Canadian geography and the equally diverse Canadian people in order to identify and define an inclusive national identity.
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. May 2nd 2019 I finally began a long overdue journey north to complete my road trip coverage of Canada. This time I am traveling in Murtle the Turtle, my little RV. (And yes, she really does have two spare tires. A must for the Dempster Highway!)
Publication of the print and e-book is anticipated for late 2020 or early 2021. The documentary film (if I can pull it off eh . . .) would be released in early 2020.
(the basis for Definding Canada eh . . .)