Image from Canada Day Printables
Next week millions of Canadians will celebrate Canada turning 150. I was originally going to do a big post with a whack load of Canada day links. Sorry guys, I’m just not really in the festive mood. I’ve struggled a lot with Canada Day this year, and I’m not the only one. So that’s why I decided to talk about a bit about why Canada 150 isn’t for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fiercely proud to be Canadian, and no doubt will sport red and white on July 1st. But all this celebration is a reminder that we’re celebrating 150 years of colonialism, repression, and cultural genocide.
Yes I’m getting intense here on a space that’s normally filled with sparkles and rainbows. As I’ve already said, I’m proud to be Canadian. I’m so glad my parents chose this country as a safe haven when fleeing dictatorship. It still provides safety for those seeking refuge, but it isn’t safe for everyone. As proud as I am to be Canadian, I’m also ashamed of our past, our current state, and how much more still needs to be done to make this country equitable and safe for everyone.
I don’t want to be some privileged white girl spewing on about matters that I can’t, by the nature of my privilege, fully comprehend. If you care to learn more (which is why I’m bringing this up to begin with) this video has a good explanation.
If you’ll be decking out head to toe in red and white, mowing down on poutine while shouting the O Canada above the roar of fireworks, go for it. Celebrate, enjoy the atmosphere and activities. Just remember this day isn’t celebratory for everyone, and we have a long way to go before it is.