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What makes Newfoundlanders unique from other Canadians?

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I'm a Newfoundlander myself but i've been living in Ontario for the past 15 years (Military) and im conducting a research project for a course. I know us Newfoundlanders are loved all over the country but I want some feed back from other Newfoundlands on what makes us so unique from other Canadians. Thanks for your support. Jay

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    Well, I sometimes feel like "the" Newfoundlander on Fodors (I'm not the only one of course, but my screen name is the definite giveaway!) so I figure I might as well reply.
    I attended university in the Maritimes & lived in AB for over 3 years, so I've had occasion to think about this a little, and I have a multi-part answer.
    First, we're unique because we had a period, which ended within living memory, in which we were effectively our own country, and many still think of ourselves as Newfoundlanders first, and Canadians second.
    Second, that idea is possible because Newfoundland still has at least the remnants of a culture (and that's not a derogatory statement--there are many parts of Canada where I see very little that qualifies as Canadian culture on a daily basis). We have a unique history, our own music, folklore, proverbs, idioms, and literature. There are very few Newfoundlanders who do not feel attachment to and pride in some of these aspects of our culture. I think the only other province where this applies, is Quebec.
    Finally, geography cooperated: the island island, and heaven knows Marine Atlantic has done its bit in keeping us remote. Labrador was even less accessible, until recently truly isolated.
    I only hope the ubiquitous internet memes and American rap stars don't swamp our stories and sayings by the time the next generation takes over.

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