Canada Day Statement

On July 1st, 2021, Canada will celebrate its 154th birthday, highlighting the anniversary of  the Canadian confederation in 1867 and marking its first steps towards independence. On this day, Canadians across the country and around the world show pride in their history, culture and achievements, highlighting the diversity of a Nation. 

These last couple of years, Canadians have shown their ability to respond with care and compassion to family, friends, neighbours and strangers. displaying this country’s strength and resilience as we got through a global pandemic together and other social issues that presented themselves. Despite this having been a year of continued efforts and embracing of differences, we have seen recently in the news the impacts of Canada’s rich and at times painful history. 

As we mark another birthday for Canada, STAND Canada also recognizes that for many, today is not an occasion for celebration. The discovery of the bodies of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, that of 600 more unmarked gravesites found and the many more mass gravesites of Indigenous children that are still being, and will be, discovered, revealed to many the dark truth behind Canada’s residential school system and its impact on Indigenous people, Metis and Inuit.

Indigenous Peoples in this country have faced oppression for centuries. As a society, we must acknowledge, reflect, and reconcile past wrongs not only with words but through action. Leading up to this day, STAND Canada would ask readers to please pause and think about what Canada Day means to the original people of this land we call home. We invite people to honour the lives lost through history, the Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, to honour the survivors or residential and day schools, the nations that still reside on their land, and their families and their descendants who still suffer generational trauma from Canada’s attempt of cultural genocide. 

We also invite people to read the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and find ways to implement some of them into your personal and professional lives. . 

Above all, STAND Canada invites youth across the nation to think boldly of Canada’s future, the vitality, distinctiveness and diversity of the Indiginous People, and to remember to center those voices and experiences in our continuous efforts to strive for a better tomorrow. For all. 

Stay safe and stay Healthy,

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