Canadians history dates back to long before confederation and celebrates our country as an open place it is today.
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Toronto, July 5 (Canadian-Media): Canada History Week (CHW) from July 1 – July 7 is being celebrated throughout the country with opportunities to learn more about the people and events that have shaped the great nation, media reports said.
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Department of Canadian Heritage, in June 11, 2013, officially launched July 1 – July 7 to be celebrated as CHW and since then July 1 – July 7 is celebrated every year as CHW in Canada.
The main motive of this celebration is to provide Canadians -- from the youngest to the oldest -- with an opportunity to participate in history-related activities organized by museums, historical societies and cultural organizations and learn about Canadian history.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on Canada Day:
“Today, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. We come together as Canadians to celebrate the achievements of our great country, reflect on our past and present, and look boldly toward our future.
“Canada’s story stretches back long before Confederation, to the first people who worked, loved, and built their lives here, and to those who came here centuries later in search of a better life for their families. In 1867, the vision of Sir George-Étienne Cartier and Sir John A. Macdonald, among others, gave rise to Confederation – an early union, and one of the moments that have come to define Canada.
“In the 150 years since, we have continued to grow and define ourselves as a country. We fought valiantly in two world wars, built the infrastructure that would connect us, and enshrined our dearest values – equality, diversity, freedom of the individual, and two official languages – in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These moments, and many others, shaped Canada into the extraordinary country it is today – prosperous, generous, and proud.
“At the heart of Canada’s story are millions of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They exemplify what it means to be Canadian: ambitious aspirations, leadership driven by compassion, and the courage to dream boldly. Whether we were born here or have chosen Canada as our home, this is who we are.
“Ours is a land of Indigenous Peoples, settlers, and newcomers, and our diversity has always been at the core of our success. Canada’s history is built on countless instances of people uniting across their differences to work and thrive together. We express ourselves in French, English, and hundreds of other languages, we practice many faiths, we experience life through different cultures, and yet we are one country. Today, as has been the case for centuries, we are strong not in spite of our differences, but because of them.
“As we mark Canada 150, we also recognize that for many, today is not an occasion for celebration. Indigenous Peoples in this country have faced oppression for centuries. As a society, we must acknowledge and apologize for past wrongs, and chart a path forward for the next 150 years – one in which we continue to build our nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship with the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation.
“Our efforts toward reconciliation reflect a deep Canadian tradition – the belief that better is always possible. Our job now is to ensure every Canadian has a real and fair chance at success. We must create the right conditions so that the middle class, and those working hard to join it, can build a better life for themselves and their families.
“Great promise and responsibility await Canada. As we look ahead to the next 150 years, we will continue to rise to the most pressing challenges we face, climate change among the first ones. We will meet these challenges the way we always have – with hard work, determination, and hope.
“On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we celebrate the millions of Canadians who have come together to make our country the strong, prosperous, and open place it is today. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Canada Day.”
As Canada celebrated its 150th birthday in 2017, Canada History Week provided a great opportunity for all Canadians to learn about their past and their identity.
The few things that teach us about Canadian history during Canada History Week Are:
Heritage Minutes which highlights, in a series of short video clips, us about key events throughout Canadian history.
Canada: An award-winning CBC TV series that recounts Canada’s history through the “eyes of the people who lived it.”
The War of 1812: An important turning point in Canada’s identity as a nation.
There are 950 historical sites in Canada in both urban and rural settings that teach us about important landmarks in Canadian history.
The Canadian War Museum: is a useful resource for those interested in learning about Canada’s military past and how it shaped our country.
The Canadian Museum of History: We learn here about history, archaeology, ethnology, and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration: teaches us about Canada’s immigration history.
The Virtual Museum of Canada: Brings together Canadian museum collections and “riches in a variety of thought-provoking and instructive contents” in an interactive space.
Library and Archives Canada: Preserves important “documentary heritage” of Canada and acts as a “source of enduring knowledge accessible to all.”
The National Battlefields Commission: Throws light, through various activities and exhibitions, on important military achievements in Canadian history.
National Film Board of Canada (NFB): The NFB documents more than 13,000 titles concentrating on 75 years of Canadian history.
Parks Canada: Teaches Canada’s human, geographic and natural history.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)