The cries for #CancelCanadaDay have come from a devastating discovery of thousands of unmarked graves and remains of indigenous children from the residential school properties across the country. These horrific findings are not shocking to many Canadians who have had to collectively face these losses and tragedies first hand. If you are now recognizing the desperation of this situation and understanding the horrors that our country has been built on, it is important to prioritize our learning to better support our Indigenous Communities to become a better Canada.
We are all incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful land full of natural wonders, but it is imperative that we recognize and understand the disturbing history that our country was built on, and the ongoing oppression. We must honour the communities that are in deep mourning for the heart-breaking genocide of their youth, their culture and traditions.
This year, Canada Day is not a day to celebrate with fireworks. It is a day to mourn, reflect, learn and grow as a community.
Please find below a collection of resources and calls to action to inspire and guide your learning, unlearning and reflection.
1. Learn about the land on which you live, work and play
Recognize that ninety-five percent of British Columbia, including Vancouver, is on unceded traditional First Nations territory. Unceded means that First Nations people never ceded or legally signed away their lands to the Crown or to Canada.
Calgary + Southern Alberta
Recognize that in the Southern Alberta area, we reside on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3).
Recognize that Indigenous Peoples belong to the land. The land and its peoples are sovereign. As such, they have inherent rights to existence.
“Before we can talk about equity, we MUST reconcile with Indigenous people. Only then can equity be properly addressed and redistributed. If not, there will be continual oppression of Indigenous people.” – Olivia Horzempa
Recognize that in Nova Scotia, we reside on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq. Take a moment to learn about Unceded Mi’kmaq Territory, the inherent Aboriginal and Treaty rights of its people, and our shared history.
2. Prioritize Learning
Books + Readings
3. Take Action
Where to Donate
Vigils, Protests + Rallies
Other Calls To Action
- Follow + Engage with Indigenous creators
- Support Indigenous artists, writers and musicians by purchasing their work
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