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1 What is a nation? How does a nation relate to the people or the citizens of a country?

2 A Nation is… … imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion. - Benedict Anderson

3 A nation is… a group of people who feel connections to one another in some way *Ethnic Background and ancestry *Cultural values and beliefs *History *Language and communication *Religious or spiritual beliefs *Geography *Politics and Citizenship

4 What makes up a Nation?

5  A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Only two things constitute this soul, this spiritual principle. One is the past…One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of remembrances; the other is the consent, the desire to live together, the will to continue to value the heritage which all hold in common.  Ernest Renan

6  What defines a nation is shared history and tradition…India is unique as a nation in that its sense of nationalism is founded on an age long spiritual concept of freedom and inclusiveness that has always been known as Sanatana Dharma (eternal natural law)  N.S. Ranaram

7 What is Canada?

8 What is a Nation Canada?

9 Nation vs Nation State  Relates to something in the feelings and minds of people  A territory with internationally recognized boundaries and a politically organized body of people under a sovereign government.

10 Must a Nation be a Nation State?

11 Nation State  Sovereign – they are recognized by other nation-states as having the right to govern themselves independently  Often Countries, with many nations existing within them.  Read pg 33 of UNDERSTANDING NATIONALISM Nations within Canada


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