Canada – Country, Nation, or Post-national State

” There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada. Those qualities are what makes us the first post-national state.” -Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2015). This is the controversial statement that I will be discussing along with answering the question of “Is Canada a nation, simply a country, or a ‘post national’ state’?”. I disagree with this statement because I think Canada is a nation, not a post-national state, but before I can say that, I have to give my idea of what I think a post-national state is; to me post-national means that there is no care for borders and we put other cultures above our own in order to be truly diverse. The question “what if borders were erased and the entire world became ‘transnational?'” came up in an article from The Vancouver Sun – The dangers of a post-national Canada (the article that I will be referring to), which to me the word transnational  would be a better word to describe what Trudeau is talking about. Now I am not saying that we are a transnational state either. If we were a post-national state, as Trudeau claims, then we would have no care for the US-Canadian border; there would be security into the US, but none coming back. Also, if we put other cultures above our own, than really there would be no true Canadian. Which, personally, if someone asks me my nationality, I proudly say Canadian.

The way Trudeau describes it, I hear more multicultural. The former head of the University of B.C.’s Centre for Applied Ethics, Michael McDonald, claims that “being Canadian is like being a member of a community, or a big family. ‘Some are born into the family and others are adopted.”‘ and I think this statement best describes Canada. In a family/ community everyone is different, but we share the same values; maybe not everyone, and maybe not all the time, but enough that we can still can work cohesively together. There will still be people who don’t have the same values as the majority but since they are still part of our family/ community we still respect them. Having this respect for one another, shows “Canada’s particular style of nationalism is […] part of what makes the country attractive to immigrants” and helps with our multiculturalism. Our diversity, respect, and openness to people makes us look like our style of nationalism is ‘healthy’ from the outside and “healthy nationalism encourages diverse people to cooperate” which may be why people always see us for those qualities.

Based off of the evidence that I have read from articles, I return to the fact that I think Canada is a nation. I could argue for the fact that Canada is a country, a piece of land with physical borders governed by a single government, because that is true, but when reading Mcdonald say Canada is like being in a family, and how some are born into it and others are adopted, to me perfectly describes Canada as being a proud nation.

Sign Language – In Depth Post #4

“English and ASL are two completely different languages. You would be able to explain something in 20 minutes in ASL that would take an hour to verbally explain.” -Abby Sienko. In my last meeting with my mentor she brought up a lot of points on how you can’t directly translate from English to sign language. These points came up because I had written my script for my presentation and when she was helping me translate it, the signs came out very different. For example: when you say “for my project I learned sign language” it translates into “MY PROJECT I LEARNED WHAT? SIGN LANGUAGE.” this is an example that shows how there is no direct translation between the two and the reason for that is there are no ‘to be’ verbs in sign language.

During this meeting I think the top three hats that I used were the red hat, the black hat, and the green hat; I also think that these are the hats that my mentor used. I used the red hat when I was reading the translation my mentor did of the script I had written. I had the feeling of uncertainty because with the new translation I was going to have to change the layout for my final presentation. When that feeling on uncertainty came up, I switch into my black hat and thought about how I could adapt my presentation to fit this new translation. Then finally when I had a new general idea of what I could do I asked my mentor if she thought it was a good idea; my mentor is very good with pushing me to problem solve but helping me along the way, so she asks questions to get me thinking. Now I have a better idea of what I am doing for the visual part of my presentation and my goal for my next meeting is to have some of it done and show my mentor.

Sign Language – In Depth Post #3

Due to snowing weather conditions I have been unable to meet with my mentor in person but “since sign language is a visual art” as said by my mentor, we were able to hold our meeting over FaceTime. In our last meeting she taught me colours and family signs. Since there are gender signs, the family signs took up most of our time but it was very valuable to learn. In sign language, from the nose up is masculine, and from the nose down is feminine. So to review what I have learned so far is the alphabet, numbers 1-10, colours, 5 Ws, and family signs. I have also learned a few random signs so we can communicate during the lesson. Instead of adding short clips of every sign I’ve learned in each meeting into each blog post, I was thinking as part of my final blog post that I would create a short YouTube video of all of the signs I have learned and post the link on my final blog. Also I will add a video of my presentation and link that as well but to a separate post.

During this meeting with my mentor I used numbers 4, 5, and 6. Some new information I gained centered around the family signs and how nose and above is masculine and nose and below is feminine. In this day and age where gender can be a tricky subject I asked how you would sign that to probe further into the topic. This then led into a discussion of a new point of view and alternative perception. She said that there are a few LGBTQ+ sign language courses where they teach you how to sign without using genders. For now she has taught me if there is no gender then you sign in the middle of your face or nose area.

It was notably harder to have an effective meeting when circumstances kept me from meeting with my mentor in person, but it gives me another challenge in my road to learning.

Romeo and Juliet – Puppy Love?

Based on our reading so far, I agree that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is one of “‘infatuated children’ engaging in ‘puppy love’” because within a span of about twelve hours Romeo and Juliet have met, kissed once, spoke for a total of maybe half an hour at most, and have decided to get married. In the time that the play was set, there would be no romances like this at all, most of the time the woman would have an arranged marriage with someone their family chose, and they would have to end up loving each other. Now a days if one got into a relationship, they would be in that relationship for several years before getting married. A recent survey polled 4,000 recently married couples, on average, the couples had been in relationships for 4.9 years before tying the knot. That’s almost five years of getting to know someone to make sure they are the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. Romeo and Juliet barely know each other and are basing their “love” off appearances and the few exchanges of romantic words. This is seen through the first things Romeo says “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! / Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,” about Juliet when he sees her on the balcony (2.2.3-4). He is describing her beauty, and just seeing her beauty makes him say “It is my lady, O, it is my love!” even though they barely know each other (2.2.10). The odd thing about this is that after he calls her his love, he expects her not to love him back by saying “O, that she knew she were!” and he expects her not to know he loves her (2.2.11). I think this shows how Romeo himself subconsciously knows his relationship with Juliet should be nothing more than a fantasy, but he still wants it to be real.

Kulich makes some very valid points, but he is basing his statements around work and responsibilities, not love. If anyone at any age decided to get married to someone, they met less than 24 hours before, then they too would be called childish. It is true that in 1595, with parent permission, a male could get married at the age of 14 and a female at the age of 12, but it was not recommended. Kulich has taken Romeo and Juliet being called “infatuated children” very literally and has taken it as them being called children because of their age. In reality though, it is their actions that are being called childish, not them themselves.


Lepore, Meredith. “This Is How Long Most Couples Date Before Tying the Knot.” Brides. 30 Aug. 2017. 20 Feb. 2019 <>.

Miller, Julie. “Life in Shakespearean Times – 1595.” 21 Apr. 2014. 20 Feb. 2019 <>.

Sign Language – In Depth Post #3

I finally got the chance to meet with my mentor over the weekend. My mentor wanted to get me into what it is like when using sign language in most environments; she did not speak, she only communicated to me through sign language and typing things out on her laptop for me to read. She said “when you are in a deaf environment, you aren’t going to talk because it’s not like they’ll hear you, so [she] wanted to immerse me in that type of environment,” which is why she wasn’t talking. Our lesson consisted of learning signs, how to start a conversation, how to ask and answer questions, and the history of sign language.

When meeting with my mentor, I was using method #2, ask for clarification whenever you are unclear or in doubt about something the mentor tells you or shows you, quite often as I was getting lost throughout most of the lesson.

My mentor has been amazing and sent me the full document of everything that she went over in our lesson. I will attach a copy of that document below so you can see everything that I have learned so far.


Sign Language – In Depth Post #2

Start up weeks are always slow, and I haven’t been able to meet up with my mentor yet, my progress has been slow. Since I haven’t met with my mentor face to face it has been a bit hard to incorporate the first three aspects of How to Have a Beautiful Mind, because there has been no sort of disagreement or difference in opinion yet.  I have been able to incorporate one of the three aspects though and that is how to agree. When making plans to meet up with my mentor through her busy schedule I was able to use guideline #7, see if there are any circumstances in which the other person’s views might be right; originally I asked to meet up twice a week for about an hour each because I didn’t want to take up too much of her time. When she later responded she said “Though I understand this is an assignment, two hours a month is not a lot of time to practice,” and that we could meet up more then twice a month. I completely agreed with her in this situation and saw how her views were right. I didn’t think we needed to meet up more then twice a month but for a longer period of time, so now we have agreed our sessions together will be about two hours long and if we need more or less time we will discuss when the time comes.

Though I haven’t had my mentors guidance yet, I have been able to use other sources to expand my knowledge. I have memorized random signs such as apple, mom and dad, please, thank you, sorry, and many others. I have also memorized the alphabet and numbers 1-10. Now even though I have memorized random signs, they don’t do me much good without knowing how to put them into sentences. When I meet up with my mentor she will teach me more commonly used signs for conversations and help start getting those signs into sentences. I am ready for what is to come and excited to delve deeper into the world of sign language.


My initial inquiry question was how to write a script. What drew me to it was I have always been into the theater and acting so I wanted to know why scripts are the way they are. During the process of learning how to write a script and why things are written the way they are, my question changed but then it changed back again with a few minor additions. At one point, my question changed to how to write an effective script and how the style of that script effects the reader/actor, and to present that I was going to write the same script but in multiple styles. Due to limited amount of time, I was only able to write the first scene of a script using one style; understanding why everything was written that way and using it properly took a bit of time. So, my question has changed to how to write an effective script and why they are written the way they are.

The skills that I have learned are the skills of simplicity and concision. Coming into this project I thought I was going to have to write a lot more detail into the script such as camera angles and panning directions, when, in reality, you have to be concise and loose. What I mean by loose is you don’t have to have everything planned out for the script to be effective, in fact the directors like it better if they have some wiggle room to adjust things. These skills are applicable to my success as a student because the skill of concision can be used in any assignment. The skill of simplicity can be used during group projects; when doing my part of the work I can make it detailed for content, but simple for how it can be used.

The answer to my inquiry question cannot be answered without a long explanation and examples of scripts, but what I did learn was it’s not as complicated as I thought it would be, but still just as difficult. Some evidence of my research is the link I used in a previous blog, but I will post it below again. I would also share what I have so far for my script, but I do not want to ruin the story, so I was post a copy of my script after presentations.

My final artefact demonstrates my learning by showing that I understand how to use the strategies of script writing into making my own original script. The core competencies that I have chosen for this project are:

  1. Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts, guide inquiry, and extend thinking 
  2. Transform ideas and information to create original texts
  3. Create and communicate

My final artefact connects to these competencies by showing that I am able to comprehend the explanations for each item in a script, I am able to transform my own original ideas into an original text (script), and I am able to communicate my script and the details behind it with my peers.

The resources that were useful during my inquiry were

My own personal scripts from past plays

These links helped me with the basic understanding of what a screenplay is, the history behind them, how they are used, and how they are formatted. Getting to learn the basics of what a screenplay is gave me a better idea of what I was getting into and what I also would want to look into. The first link was the best link for how to write a script and what everything in a script meant.

Finally, the new questions I have are, how long does it take to write a whole script and what kind of changes do directors make to the script. What excites me about these questions is I’ve had a lot of fun making my own story line and script and, depending on the feedback I get from the class, I feel like i might want to keep this script, continue to work on it, and maybe someday be able to submit it to something where it may have the chance of being used. Knowing the answers to those questions would help me figure out what I could possibly do with my story.

Intro to sign language

For in depth this year, I am going to learn American sign language (ASL). There are many different types of sign language but ASL is the most commonly used in Canada and the United States. Sign language is a visually conveyed language that is used for the deaf who cannot hear auditory languages. While some deaf do learn to read lips and speak, sign language is the easiest option of communication. Signs are specific hand moments that represent a word, one wrong movement and you could be saying a completely different word. Even though sign language is portrayed through movements of the body, it should not be confused with body language.

I am wanting to learn this because even though it won’t come up as frequently as being able to speak another language, you never know when you encounter someone who is unable to hear and/ or speak and being able to communicate with them would be an amazing experience. I also have an idea for a career path and with that career path I may need to know how to communicate with people who only know sign language. Also, personally if ASL could be a class and count as a language like French or Spanish, I would definitely take that as my language course.


Inquiry Plan

Looking back at my original inquiry plan, even though I would like to do multiple styles of scripts, I do not think I will be able to with the time I have left. What I think I am going to do now is instead of multiple small scripts, I will make one bigger script and it will be in the standard script style that I learned about from the website I mentioned in my last post. So, for these next few class days and the week we have off I will continue to add onto the script I have started.