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What's your story? Help us define Canada in time for its 150th birthday

To commemorate Canada's 150th birthday, CBC News is asking Canadians to share personal stories about the objects, people, places and events that define Canada for them.

CBC News launches interactive storytelling project featuring well-known Canadians

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If you were asked to tell a story about being Canadian, what would your story be?

That's the question CBC News is asking as we prepare to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday next year.

We want to hear your personal stories about what defines Canada for you.

CBC senior producer Brenda Murray wants you to send in your stories for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017 4:21

You can email us at​, send us a picture or make a video.

Then, starting Jan. 1, 2017, we will share these stories.

We've already collected many interesting and entertaining examples, which you can watch now.

Stories range from sports to syrup

For instance, you'll see comedian and Mr. D star Gerry Dee bemoan his lost Wayne Gretzky rookie cards.

Canadian actor talks about lost Wayne Gretzky rookie cards 0:34

William Shatner still remembers eating maple syrup off the snow.

Canadian actor talks about maple syrup 0:33

Ellen Page talks about canoeing with her father.

Canadian actor talks about canoeing 0:30

CBC's Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge shows off his numerous passports, and recalls what his trips to cover news around the world taught him about being Canadian.

CBC anchor talks about passport 1:29

Canada's dark chapters will be included

Travel is a common theme. Award-winning author Joseph Boyden reflects on taking the train and what the railroad means for Canada, both the good and the bad.

Canadian author talks about railway 0:49

We know not every Canadian story is a happy one, and we want and need to hear those, too. 

Senator Murray Sinclair, who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has some pointed things to say on Indigenous issues.

Canadian Senator talks about residential schools 0:49

Tell us your story 

So what is your Canadian story?

Perhaps it centres on an object, a person or a place. Maybe it's an event or a feeling or a moment where you thought, This is Canada.

These don't have to be stories involving classic Canadian icons like the flag or canoe. The story just has to be about something that means a lot to you.

Here's how to share with us

We're not too concerned about length. Some stories could be short, but others may need a bit longer for the telling.

You can email us at, or post to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account using #CBC2017

We also welcome letters sent the old-fashioned way — after all, the post office will soon celebrate its own 150th anniversary. (And yes, our first stamp featured the beaver.)

Here's our address:

CBC News 2017
Box 500, Station A
Toronto, ON
M5W 1E6