Hina Husain came to Canada from Pakistan at age 17. While studying at the University of Waterloo, it was during an internship at National University of Singapore that the meaning of becoming and being Canadian really sharpened in her mind.
In her article published in Open Canada Hina describes the process:
It was in this environment that I came to understand what being Canadian meant to me. I realized I wasn’t running away from my Pakistani heritage or identity, and when people asked me where I was from, I didn’t say “Canada” to hide the fact I was born in Pakistan. Rather, I felt Canadian because it was Canada that allowed me to become the person I always wanted to be.
Becoming and being Canadian is an individual, unique process, whether we are born and raised in Canada, born and raised elsewhere, or the endless combinations that make up the fabric of Canada.
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