On July 1, 1867, the confederation is known historically because the Dominion of Canada became official with four provinces, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Six more provinces joined between 1870 and 1949. The celebration of Canada Day is complicated this year. many of us aren’t celebrating in the least, et al. are celebrating differently thanks to recent discoveries of the bodies of many indigenous children in unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. On May 27, 215 bodies were discovered at a former residential school site in Kamloops, British Columbia. On Midsummer Eve, 751 bodies were discovered at the previous Marieval Residential School in Saskatchewan, and on June 30, a primary Nation near Cranbrook, British Columbia announced 182 bodies had been found buried near a former residential school.
Residential schools operated across Canada from the 1880s until 1997. apart from basic education, they were designed to assimilate indigenous people into white society. According to the reality and Reconciliation Commission, approximately 150,000 children were taken from their families, sometimes forcibly, to colleges many miles from their home communities. Residential schools were federally funded, but administered by the Roman Catholic, Anglican (Episcopal), Presbyterian, and United Churches. Physical and sexual assault and suspicious deaths occurred among students, resulting in a legacy of trauma among victims and their families. Approximately 4,000 children went missing while attending residential school.
In 2008, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a politician apology in Parliament for the results residential schools have had on indigenous people. Since the discoveries of remains during the past five weeks, pressure is on Pope Francis to issue a politician apology on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. consistent with CBC Radio on June 30, indigenous leaders are to satisfy the Pope in December to debate an apology. Official Canada Day events were already canceled in many communities thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cornwall and Perth are among the Eastern Ontario communities where festivities were canceled for pandemic reasons. In Kingston, the town canceled the fireworks display for pandemic reasons, but a little outdoor market and children’s activities were scheduled.
In Ottawa, The virtual and televised celebration presented by the govt will still plow ahead. The festivities on Parliament Hill aren’t happening due to the pandemic. However, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau has decided to not hold its outdoor Canada Day events this year thanks to the residential school situation. Protests against the celebration of Canada Day are planned for Parliament Hill on Dominion Day . However, other communities have canceled or shifted the main target on Canada Day to point out respect for indigenous issues. The shift focused follows a suggestion by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canadians take a more reflective approach, instead of a celebratory one this year. The balance may be a delicate one to strike socially and politically. Conservative opposition leader Erin O’Toole has said Canada Day shouldn’t be canceled.
Two capital cities, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Victoria, British Columbia canceled their Canada Day celebrations. A virtual celebration of entertainment is scheduled to travel ahead on Thursday evening within the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, located between Ottawa and Montreal. On Saints Peter and Paul, organizers announced the addition of poetry recitals by two local poets, one indigenous, one non-indigenous would happen at the start of the program to point out respect and sensitivity to the victims of residential schools.
Respect for indigenous identity has also influenced decision-making in other communities. The council of the Municipality of South Dundas, which fronts the St. Lawrence River in Ontario and includes the villages of Iroquois and Morrisburg, recently decided that the indigenous logo on the village of Iroquois cistern would be removed when the tank is repainted. The image of the plains indigenous person was the brand of the previous Village of Iroquois before it had been dissolved and isn’t an accurate representation of the people of the Iroquois Confederacy. The words Iroquois and South Dundas will now be displayed on the cistern instead.