Toronto Should Bid For 2028 Olympics Instead Of 2024 in GB Newswire Posted December 11, 2013 · Report reply I don't know very many Canadians who refer to themselves as American. How many of us in North America or South America have the kind of continental sentiment that they do in Europe or even Africa? For the most part, the countries here are bigger in size and more spread out than in Europe. Three of the countries on the two continents are almost the same size as Europe! I think we tend to refer to ourselves by our own nationality. To me, American refers to someone who lives in the United States of America, just as German refers to someone who resides in the Federal Republic of Germany or Australian refers to someone from the Commonwealth of Australia - not necessarily someone who resides in either North or South America.