What I’ve learned about the Canadian identity up to this point is that Canada is not only a country, but a nation. I believe that a nation is independent, and goes through triumph alone and suffers losses alone. A nation is able to pick itself up after it is staggered, and a nation supports its own efforts. Canada started defining its independence during World War One, as a fighting force in the fierce trench battles. After the war, Mackenzie King worked towards forging Canada into even more of a sovereign nation through events such as the Imperial Conferences and the Halibut Treaty, to name a few. Canada further proved its nationality when the economy suffered a staggering blow in the early 20s, when such things as labour unrest, lack of employment for soldiers and prohibition emerged. However, the nation was able to recover. Using its natural resources and the resourcefulness of its people to its advantage, Canada used things like the manufacturing of automobiles, the discovery of insulin, the export of newsprint, and mining to start the economy on a path to great success. Furthermore, after the stock market crash, Canada was rocked by the great depression. The unemployed workers fought to feed their families and found income in relief camps set by the government. Later on, Canada would use the Second World War to restore itself to a working nation. These examples provide proof of Canada’s identity as a nation.