Todd Wong's cultural fusion, Vancouver, British Columbia

Many Scottish immigrants in Canada chose to express their “Scottishness” in social settings. Saint Andrew’s Societies were established across Canada after Canadian Confederation in 1867. Originally, these had a charitable remit (to take care of impoverished Scots) but they soon expanded into the organization of social events like St. Andrew’s Day celebrations and Highland Games.

Other Scottish societies followed, many of them dedicated to the poet Robert Burns or to the geographical area of Scotland that their members emigrated from. Some off these societies no longer exist or struggle on in reduced circumstances. However, there is now a great revival of interest in Canada in some of the traditional aspects of Scottish culture such as piping and Highland dancing. Activities like these are attracting large numbers of young people from a range of ethnic backgrounds.

There are, of course, many Canadians with a Scottish connection who have never belonged to a Scottish society and neither pipe nor dance. All of them play their part in the ever-evolving story of the Scots in modern Canada.

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Historical re-enactment of the 78th Highland Regiment (Photo: Nova Scotia Recreation and Tourism)
The Big Head, Canmore. (Photo: Jean Parboosingh)
Historical re-enactment of the 78th Highland Regiment, Halifax Citadel, Nova Scotia. (Photo: Nova Scotia Recreation and Tourism)
Say aye to a pie, Highland Games, Canmore, Alberta. (Photo: Graeme Murdoch)
Burns Statue, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia (Photo: Brian Green)
Frank Wallace, Traditional Dancer, Lil’wat First Nation
Girls Dancing, Rothesay, New Brunswick (Photo: Judy Parrott)
Highland Village Museum, Iona, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Rodeo Cowboy, Airdrie, Alberta. (Photo: Kristy Reimer)
Scottish soldier statue overlooking the pioneer ship Hector, Nova Scotia  (Photo: Michelle Temple)
Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. (Photo: Greg Ehlers)
Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. (Photo: Greg Ehlers)
Simon Fraser University  sports teams are all called Clan (Photo: Greg Ehlers)
Stylish play. Football (soccer) in New Glasgow. (Photo: Kimberley Dickson)
The Braveheart Effect, Nova Scotia. (Photo: Bruce Murray)
Celtic Cross, Nova Scotia  (Photo: Graeme Murdoch)
Totem Pole dancer, Airdrie, Alberta. (Photo: Kristy Reimer)


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