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Langara College
Political Science
POLI 1119

The Staatsvolk and building Canada The staatsvolk o Term used to describe people whose cultural norms the state is structured around o In Canada, this Canadians of British descent supplemented by immigration into Canada (outside Quebec) o Initial face of Canada was very British – neither French Canadians nor Aboriginals represented in “state” – for example money was only in English, then two types of bills issued Building Canada o Canadian national identity built from both top down and bottom up o In 1867 no national identity in modern sense nor a state in modern sense o Institutions of state grew from top down o Created series of economic and social networks throughout Canadian state – Canadian state implanted itself in West and BC o Allowed for nation building projects such as railway connecting easy and west o The Great War seen by many as birth of a Canadian nation – Battle of Vimy R
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