Understandings of Nation and Nationalism
UNDERSTANDINGS OF NATION
Nation can be viewed as something found in the feelings and minds of people, an
internal connection to others
cultural values and beliefs
language and communication
religious or spiritual beliefs
politics and citizenship
NATION AND NATION-STATE
Nation - usually a feeling or an internal connection
Nation-State - a more concrete, external concept
internationally recognized boundaries (common
politically organized body of people under a
a belief in a democratic government
the protection of rights and freedoms
described in the Charter of Rights and
a belief in the principles of a mixed economy
PAUSE AND REFLECT
Brainstorm evidence supporting the idea that
nations are nation-states
Evidence to challenge that notion
we will bring it together to discuss
CRITERIA FOR ASSESSING
information based on personal experience and/or
bias supported by evidence and/or an informed
EXPLORE THE ISSUES
Step 1 - Consider your inquiry question
Are there alternative meanings to nation?
How is nation defined by the news media?
Step 2 - Assess your Sources
are they worthwhile and valuable
Nationalism is the collective, shared sense of
belonging of people who identify themselves as a
Does nationalism bring anything particular to mind?
at times, it is membership in a nation that gives
meaning to and generates nationalism
CREATING A SENSE OF
What inspires your feelings of belonging to that
the land is a strong force in shaping our nations and
in creating a sense of nationalism
maybe associated with specific landscape, climate or
Do you believe that territory is necessary for people
to feel a sense of belonging to a nation?
How powerful is language to you?
How does it affect the way you think and act?
SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION
How does your faith influence your worldview?
How does this affect our idea of what Canada could/
should look like?
How does SCA affect the way you think of Canada?
Does it create limitations or opportunities?
How does our understanding of ourselves influence
how we perceive others?
How is ethnicity defined?
How does your environment affect how you relate to
other groups of people throughout Canada and the
Culture is the unwritten way of knowing, being and
acting among the people of a nation based on their
shared traditions, beliefs, and values
Shared cultural experiences can shape a person’s
Storytelling and oral traditions are an important
means of transmitting cultural beliefs and values
Do you share cultural experiences related to food
with other people?
historical experiences, celebrations and
How does art (gallery) inspire nationalism?
Citizenship refers to the membership and
participation of individuals in a political community
laws, charters, passports, and birth certificates
If you question the actions or ideals of your nationstate,
are you being disloyal and unpatriotic?
Patriotism is a love for a nation (nation-state) and
relates to pride in that nation’s culture and
HOW DOES PATRIOTISM
Us vs. Them Mentality
How does this affect
they way we think about
Why do we constantly
attempt to set ourselves
apart from others?