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In Search of an Identity

Handout 1.1

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Identity is often defined as a set of characteristics that distinguishes a person, place, group, etc. from others. It defines who we are as defined by others within our group and those outside our group.

Task One
An individual has many identities. E.g. You are part of a family, a culture, a community, a province or territory and a country. In this exercise you will consider some of the things that go into some of your multiple identities. You will be given two minutes to fill in each box of the chart with a set of characteristics that distinguishes each identity. A few examples have been given to get you started.

Personal Identity
(e.g. blonde, blue eyed, Scottish Canadian, Nova Scotian, Canadian, dancer, lawyer, daughter, etc.)

Community/Cultural Identity
(e.g on the water, home of famous person, where famous event took place, etc.)

Provincial/Territorial Identity
(unique landforms, famous people, events, etc.)

Canadian Identity
(universal health care, charter of rights and freedoms, peacekeepers, etc.)

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