Better Together’s main goal is to combat exclusionary nationalism, which is the idea that there is only one correct way to be Canadian.

To accomplish this, our campaign has outlined three steps:

  1. Educate Canadians on the climate of hate in Canada, particularly in relation to nationalism

  2. Establish a platform where diverse perspectives on patriotism can be shared

  3. Encourage the expression of Canadian pride in an inclusive manner

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Step 1: Educate Canadians on the climate of hate crime in Canada, particularly in relation to nationalism

Most Canadians are unaware that Canada has experienced a significant amount of hate-related crimes in the last decade. Many Canadians also do not realize that Right-wing extremism is on the rise in Canada. Our first step to combating this climate of hate is to educate high school and university students about these issues.

Source: Perry and Scrivens, 2015

Source: Perry and Scrivens, 2015

Step 2: Establish a platform where diverse perspectives on patriotism can be shared

After the reality of hate in Canada is brought to the attention of high school and university students, our next step is to establish a method for individuals to share their personal views on patriotism with others.

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Step 3: Encourage the expression of Canadian pride in an inclusive manner

Once students are provided with a means to share their perspectives on patriotism, we would like to encourage them to freely and creatively express what being Canadians means to them, so as to foster a climate of diversity that counters exclusionary nationalism.

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