Canada Day is just around the corner. It’s a celebration of the beginning of our Nation. Barbecues, parties, fireworks are all part of the tradition. But in light of the discovery of 215 bodies at a residential school in Kamloops and now 751 in Saskatchewan, for some people, there is nothing to be proud of or to celebrate.
The residential school system in Canada is one of the dark moments in our history. Between the government and predominantly the Catholic Church, the aim was assimilation. While tragic and deplorable, many countries have an inconvenient past. Does that mean you can’t celebrate the positive despite the negative?
The hashtag “cancelCanadaDay” has been picking up steam. Several communities are scrubbing their plans for July 1st. Should the holiday be cancelled?
Victoria, Penticton and Port Hardy have pulled the plug for this year. Kelowna and Belleville Ontario have also pressed pause. Several communities in New Brunswick are backing off plans for July 1st.
Listen to the podcast, read the articles and then vote and email your MP to tell them why you think what you do. And, don’t forget to scroll down to check out the map to see how other Canadians are voting on this issue–Only at Unpublished.vote!
Marcus Gee is an urban affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest national daily newspaper, which he joined in 1991. He was born in Toronto and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with a degree in modern European history.https://g.co/kgs/hbcEZF
David Pratt is the Vice Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Nationshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/david-pratt-13b8789a/?originalSubdomain=ca
Ellis Ross was first elected MLA for Skeena in 2017, and re-elected in 2020. He currently serves as the Official Opposition critic for Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Previously he served as Official Opposition critic for LNG and Resource Opportunitieshttps://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members/42nd-Parliament/Ross-Ellis
The map above shows how the votes are broken down by district.