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Canadian Nationalism at the start of the 20 th century. Flag until 1921. Flag until 1957. From 1965 to present. The British Empire in the Early 20th. For your notes. Canada was a country in the British Empire.

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Canadian Nationalism at the start of the 20th century

Flag until 1921

Flag until 1957

From 1965 to present

The British Empire in the Early 20th

For your notes

  • Canada was a country in the British Empire.

  • The majority of its citizens were loyal to and proud to be part of the British Empire.

  • French Canadians were not loyal to Britain (their long time enemy) but loyal to Canada.

  • Canadian Loyalty would be tested in the South African War (Boer War)

"Canada has been modest in its history, although its history, in my estimation, is only commencing. It is commencing in this century. The nineteenth century was the century of the United States. I think we can claim that Canada will fill the twentieth century."  --  Sir Wilfrid Laurier, January 18, 1904

Wilfrid Laurier

  • Canada’s first French

  • Canadian Prime

  • Minister

  • Always tried to avoid

  • decisions that would

  • divide the country.

The Boer War

  • 1899: disputes over

  • gold and diamonds

  • between the Dutch

  • and English colonials

  • of South Africa

  • turned into war.

-Canadians leapt at

the chance to prove

their loyalty to the

British Empire.

For your notes…

  • The Boer war was an English dispute in South Africa and they called on Canadians to help

  • French Canadians felt that this was a time to show our independence from Britain and ignore the request.

  • Laurier responded by promising to organize and train any volunteers.

  • His decision was criticized by both sides but ultimately, Canada didn’t force anyone to fight and still showed loyalty to Britain.

The Alaskan Boundary Dispute

Canada was disputing

the U.S. boundary.

a commission of 3 U.S.,

2 Canadian and 1 British

officials met to settle

the debate.

Britain ruled in favour of

the U.S.

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