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James Cameron, a Canadian Identity

I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.

Hasta La Vista Baby.

Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move.

3 quotes. 3 great movies. 1 outstanding Canadian filmmaker.   


Hi. You might have heard of me. my name is George Lucas. I’m the guy who spent my entire life creating the Star Wars Series. But I’m not here to gloat about my successes. I’m here today to talk about my good friend James Cameron. The creator of crazy Thrillers such as Titanic, Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, and many more captivating movies. I have just finished reading this book (pull out the book) and it has opened my eyes to what Canadian filmmakers can accomplish in the cinematic world. let me start from the beginning.


I first met Cameron back at the 2011 CinemaCon. we had a little interview in the stage but after it finished, He told me all about his life story and I was extremely fascinated about how he came to be. He was born in a little town called Kapuskasing in Ontario. He didn’t come from much but was always interested in writing movie scripts in his spare time. He told me at our interview together that he and his friends always galloped around Niagara falls shooting everything in sight. And that’s something I resonate with. He had the desire to make films even if he didn’t have “BEST equipment” or the “4000 dollar camera”. He did it anyway because it was his passion.


He was a truck driver for a couple of years, trying to earn some money for university. He obviously didn’t enjoy it but it was a choice he had to make for his future goals in the world of filmmaking. His dreams were always pushed aside as he was currently trying to get a science degree but still longed for the cinemas. At the age of 23, he made one of his biggest life decisions that anyone could ever take. My prominent movie, Star Wars 1977 was just released and he went out to the first showing. He told me about how fascinated he was in the special effects and how his eyes flared up with yearning. So, a week later he quit his job and went straight for film school.


You see, Cameron was a man who made something out of nothing. Many directors have such a strong passion for exact filmmaking but Cameron came from a science background. We always assume that most directors just went into digital studies like myself and focused on movie making but thats what makes Cameron different from the rest. He had made a decision to change his life and go into something completely different from what he planned.

This book captures the struggles of Cameron and describes what he did to overcome his cinematic challenges. It shows how a young Canadian can turn his entire career around if you truly believe in your goal. This book explores the idea of how filmmaking is a shot in the dark, especially for a boy who grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But, if you are willing to take a risk in life, I assure you something cinematically amazing will come out of it.


take it from the Canadian filmmaker himself as he once said, “Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality.”



John A. Macdonalds Fight for Canadian Liability




The media is exceptional at highlighting all the detriments that John A. Macdonald took part of during his power in the late 1860s. However, with the recent argument of his controversy, all sight on the great acts he accomplished has been completely lost. We as a country should be united and honour everything our founding father created and recognize the risks and struggles that were at hand. Nonetheless, it is important to identify the malfeasance from prior times and discuss how our morals have changed since. With this being in mind, a country should not be able to excoriate a past official when the set of values has severely changed.  

An ongoing altercation in Canada about the removal of John A. Macdonald statues, monuments, and names of streets and schools is flooding the news with both sides becoming heated. A claim that is being made is describing Macdonald as an “architect of the Indian Residential School system” (Mayor). While this is indefinitely true, we need to look at the statement as a whole. Indeed, Macdonald had the lead role in the Indian residential schools but for any normal human in the late 19th century, this was a completely justified norm. Our Canadian ancestors knew a lot less about the world as we do today and dealt with problems a lot more barbarically. An example of this is indeed how the first Prime Minister treated Native Americans. He accused them of being “a different species” (Macdonald). This resulted in Macdonald creating residential schools in order to cut out the culture and make them more like the mainstream in Canada. Two centuries ago, the way of life was completely different from what we live in now. Of course, this is an unfavourable reflection on Canada’s identity, but they didn’t know any better.

Despite all the wrongdoings and the negative choices, John A. Macdonald made in the past, we cannot just erase history. We need to be able to recognize the good and the bad and improve ourselves to the best of our ability.  These monuments and statues that were made for Macdonald are historic monuments that tell us stories and by telling stories we “recognize that we can do better” (McKenna). There are things in our world that have represent a bad time in history such as the many concentration camps in West Europe. The camps resemble a terrible time when humans began to resolve their problems with hate and violence. However, instead of destroying them, we have turned them into a place to reflect and understand that we had a rough past. Reflection on what we did helps us truly analyze our new morals and beliefs and synthesizes how far we’ve come. The statues that are currently still standing of John A. Macdonald should continue to stand as it represents a founding father that deserves to be recognized for the good and the bad.

John A. Macdonald did start Canada on an amazing path to success but also made some extremist decisions that resulted in lifelong effects on First Nations. Canadian citizens should be aware of how Canada came to be and should educate others about the changes in the country’s current morals. It is not right of us to judge a man from two centuries ago who had a completely different set of values, but we should rather indoctrinate them and understand how we can become better. In centuries to come, our future generations will look back on the decisions we are making right now just as we are and will either agree or disagree with our values. No matter what we choose to do every day, we are always creating history.



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