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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada is observing its Canada Day, also known as the National Day of Canada its 154th anniversary of independent Canada today.
Canada Day 2021. Image credit: Facebook page of Canada Day 2021
Canada Day, a federal statutory holiday has been observed on July 1 since 1868 by Canadians across the country and around the world to show their pride in their history, culture, and achievements and celebrates the anniversary of the Canadian confederation which occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British Parliament passed legislation and created Canada as a new, domestically self-governing federation, consisting of the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec.
In 1868, Governor-General Lord Monck signed a proclamation that requests all Her Majesty's subjects across Canada to celebrate July 1.
On Canada Day, Canadians from across the get together to celebrate this day with fireworks, parades, barbecues, concerts, carnivals, fairs, and picnics, etc.
As Canada observes its 154th national day this year, its second Canada Day under public health restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and amid a renewed conversation about Indigenous reconciliation, it becomes both a day of celebration and reflection.
“Hope, hard work, kindness, resilience, and respect. These are the values that Canadians have shown in the face of the pandemic, and today we should celebrate those values and what we’ve overcome. But while we acknowledge our successes, we must also recognize that, for some, Canada Day is not yet a day of celebration. The horrific findings of the remains of hundreds of children at the sites of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan have rightfully pressed us to reflect on our country’s historical failures, and the injustices that still exist for Indigenous peoples and many others in Canada...This Canada Day, let’s recommit to learning from and listening to each other so we can break down the barriers that divide us, rectify the injustices of our past, and build a more fair and equitable society for everyone. Together, we will roll up our sleeves and do the hard work that is necessary to build a better Canada.," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today in a statement .
Canada flags continue to fly at half-mast in Ottawa after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at sites of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in the last two months.
Toronto's iconic CN Tower would be lighted in orange to show its solidarity with the indigenous communities.
The mode of celebration has also changed to virtual due to public health restrictions and in many parts of the country, celebrations have been canceled to show their solidarity with the Indigenous communities of Canada.
"More than ever, Canada Day is a time for all Canadians to show empathy, understanding, and humility. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves, to reflect, and to redefine our relationship with July 1st, while reaffirming our commitment to ending the systemic racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous peoples. We encourage you to learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We must learn from the lessons of our past and move forward on a shared path of reconciliation," said a statement by the government of Canada.