If you are like most Canadians living abroad, you are an adventurist soul. You have moved abroad to learn about the people, the culture and perhaps the language of the country that you are now living in. I would encourage you to maintain that spirit of adventure. One of the last things that you had perhaps considered was to join an expat group. However, joining one could prove key to your ability to integrate into your adopted society. A social network of fellow expats can be a resource to lean on in the time of need and a resource to tap into when you need information. I would whole heartedly encourage you to consider exploring the expat groups that are in your community. Here are some reasons to seek out an Expat group:
Since November 2011, the website Canadian Writers Abroad has been promoting exactly that: Canadian writers who live and work abroad.
Before Canadian Literature got going in the 1960s, Canadians who wanted to publish sent their work to either the United Kingdom or the United States. Often they went too. Morley Callaghan, Mavis Gallant, Margaret Laurence, and Mordecai Richler wrote their early work from Europe. But Mavis Gallant was the only one to stay – she remained in Paris until her death in 2014. Until Gallant published a book of stories set in Canada, Home Truths, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1981, she was relatively unknown in Canada. Out of sight out of mind.
Earlier this year, cinematographer Deena Morielli interviewed Donna Creighton at a rustic location in Ontario. The result is a 4-minute documentary about the Canadian backwoods story of her own childhood growing up a Northern Daughter: northerndaughter.ca/news
Election day is less then a week away and as we have been mentioning in our Newsletter we asked the Conservatives; Liberals; New Democrats and the Greens two straightforward questions:
- In your Parties’ view what value do Canadian Expat’s provide to Canada?
- Is there value in encouraging Canadian Expats to vote in Canadian elections while they are living and working abroad?
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