What makes Canadians proud? The answer may surprise you, Stats Can report shows
Hockey’s a powerful national symbol, but not as strong as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the flag for most Canadians.
That’s one of the findings of the newly-released General Social Survey, which determined that more than nine in 10 Canadians believe that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the flag are important symbols of the Canadian identity.
Hockey lags, in fifth place; 77 per cent of respondents believe it’s a powerful national symbol.
Also on the list of commonly cited national symbols are the beaver (16 per cent) and the maple leaf (14 per cent).
The survey studied national symbols, shared national values and pride and found that almost 90 per cent of Canadians are proud to be Canadian.
There are regional differences in perceptions of Canadian identity. Quebec residents are the least likely to find that national symbols, such as the Charter and flag, are important, reports the survey, which was taken in 2013.
Meanwhile, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador tend to find national symbols to be very important to the Canadian identity.
Immigrants generally hold the strongest feelings of pride in being Canadian and in Canadian achievements.
Respondents said that they believe than 92 per cent of Canadians value human rights, while linguistic duality scored a 73 per cent rating.