Dr. Richard Nevitt left
the horror of the American Civil War intent on starting more peaceful
life in Canada. His pursuit of freedom left an indelible mark on his
adapted country. Nevitt, along with the North West Mounted Police,
helped bring order to the caotic western frontier. During the time
when armed American 'whiskeytraders' were poisoning Natives and spreading
violence, Nevitt insisted on a more civil and just way of life.
The contribution of other Americans in Canada has greatly enriched our economic and cultural life over the years. Unlike many other immigrants who try to retain aspects of their home culture while still becoming Canadian, many Americans, particularly war resisters (who were not proud of their country at the time of their departure), choose to quietly move into Canadian culture without bringing notice to their "American-ness." Canada is a fairly easy country to lose yourself in if you're an American.