Picturing Quebec’s Recruits

An Exploration of Identity during the First World War


The identity of most was centered around British Imperial heritage and traditions, while others groups, such as French-Canadians attempted to define their own identity outside of this framework. The First World War offered the population a common, yet nevertheless diverse, experience through its far reaching effects on those who served and those at home. 

Ultimately, the conflict paved the way for the emergence of a more distinct Canadian identity which defined in part by the experience of those like the men featured here.