Sermon by Danielle Webber, Summer Minister.
Over the past several weeks, I am sure we have all been hearing about Canada 150 celebrations, and I am certain that many people will be participating in some of these celebrations over this weekend. The concerts, shows, festivals, and fireworks prove to be a great time all around this country. And Canada Day is an event that we have celebrated for years, so why not now, this way?
Well many Indigenous Peoples believe that this event in particular, but probably Canada Day in general, is not something to be celebrated. In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the fallout of the Trudeau Government’s “Nation to Nation” promises, and the close to half a billion dollars the government is spending on Canada 150 events across the country, many Indigenous Peoples believe that these celebrations should not be taking place, and are a slap in the face of the First Peoples of our land.
We will be expanding on knowledge from last week’s Blanket Exercise to examine the multiple layers and the different lenses with which people view the Canada 150 celebrations, in an attempt to come to terms with celebrating a Nation we love, even when we are reminded of the down falls in our history.
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