Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is Quebec

Q is for Quebec
As written by one of the boys in the World Geography at Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Therapeutic Boarding School, this post really shows the effort that this student has made in perfecting his outlines and writing.  With the academics and rigorous curriculum that our certified teachers employ, both boys and girls can improve their writing dramatically

In discussing the Canadian province of Quebec, there are many things to cover including Quebec’s cultural geography, Quebec’s physical geography, and Quebec’s economy. Each of these has many subtopics to cover.

Starting with the cultural geography of Quebec, there are a few things to discuss. First off, Quebec is the only Canadian city to have extensive ties to French culture. Quebec is the only city in Canada where English and French are displayed on street signs and where many laws and policies are written in both French and English. Both languages are also spoken by many inhabitants of Quebec. These people are called the Quebecois, and they hold very tightly on to French tradition and culture. They are so unique from the rest of Canada that at one point most of Quebec was, and actually is today, in favor of separatism. They want to secede from the rest of Canada and be their own country. To speak about language and religion, Quebec is very diverse in the languages its people speak and the religion that its people practice. The languages adopted from other places in the world, along with French and English, are German, Italian, and Chinese. There are also languages spoken by the indigenous peoples that live there, including Cree and Inuktitut, which are spoken by the Inuit people. Moving into the religions of Quebec, the main religion is Roman Catholic, while other religions, not as heavily practiced, are Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Sikhism, which all show the major cultural diversity of Quebec.

A view of the Quebec skyline
Source: World Book
Now, we begin to get into the physical geography of Quebec. The area around Quebec is considered to be Canada’s heartland, along with cities like Montreal. Quebec sits on what is known as the Canadian Shield, most of Quebec is on top of this sheet of bedrock that covers about 1/3 of the entirety of Canada. This makes most of the area poor for farming and so the main economic focus is on businesses that specialize in mining and the slaughter of livestock. While most of the area is poor for farming, there is still 1/5 of the area that is not sitting on top of bedrock; the St. Lawrence River valley can still support the growing of some crops, and the soil is surprisingly fertile there. This place supports most of the agriculture in Quebec. While people often think of Canada as snow covered, a lot of Quebec is actually green and lush due to being so far south in relation to the rest of Canada.

All in all, Quebec is a very interesting and unique place. It is diverse in its languages, religions, and culture. And it has unique physical geography that is not shared by the rest of Canada.

Edgenuity. “Physical geography of Canada, Cultural geography of Canada”. Edgenuity. 3/31/14.

Deslauriers, Pierre and Donald Fyson. “Quebec”. World Book. Ed. Scott Fetzer. Chicago:World Book inc, 2005, 12-36.

1 comment:

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