Should Canada Day be cancelled? London attack, Kamloops discovery stir debate over how to mark July 1
|Toronto Star 11 Jun 2021 at 08:30|
In the wake of the reported discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s remains near a residential school in Kamloops, B.C., and the deadly attack Sunday against a Muslim family in London, Ont., a debate has been brewing over whether it is appropriate to hold Canada Day celebrations this year.
On Twitter, the hashtag #cancelCanadaDay has trended, with some saying now’s not the time for patriotic chest-thumping but for spreading awareness about anti-Indigenous racism and Islamophobia.
Citing the “challenging moment we are in as a Canadian nation,” Victoria’s city council announced this week it has voted unanimously to drop a scheduled virtual Canada Day broadcast and encouraged people to reflect on “what it means to be Canadian in light of recent events.”
Saying it refuses to “sit idle while Canada’s violent history is celebrated,” the Indigenous-led Idle No More movement is sponsoring rallies across the country July 1 intended to “honour all of the lives lost to the Canadian State — Indigenous lives, Black lives, Migrant lives, Women and Trans and 2Spirit lives.”