Canadian Culture: Expressed through Youtube Songs

Part of the “Social Studies Curriculum for BC” looks at the Canadian identity. In Grade six, two of the learning outcomes are to be able to “Canadian identity and how individuals” and “Experience cultural influences comparing Canada with other countries”. Wikipedia defines “cultural identity [as] both characteristic of the individual but also to the culturally identical group that has its members sharing the same cultural identity”. Part of this is stereotypes part of it is social norms.
A great way to explore a the Canadian identity is to explore what other Canadians think about Canada. With this in mind, I have compiled a list of video resources teachers can use to explore the Canadian identity.
First up is Chris Hadfield’s “In Canada” The video is seen below. Hadfield goes through several facts about canada as well as some social norms such as camping in the summer and supporting or participating in Hockey.

Julia Bentley & Andrew Gunadie did a video on Canada listed below. Like every other video on this list, Bently and Gunadie list a few historical, geological and cultural facts about Canada.

The Canadian children’s song by Raffi is seen below. This song is aimed towards a younger age. It focuses mainly on natural facts about Canada but it does address a few Cultural referecnes.

Lastly, unlike the previous song this is aimed towards an older audience. The song is Oh… Canada by Classified and was a part of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. This video address mostly Canadian stereotypes.


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