Thoughts on Canada Day

Preemptive Happy Canada Day folks,

Ari here, just wanted to share some quick thoughts on the day.  I grew up in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and went to an elementary school with many friends who are of the Ojibwe tribe, and while most of the time we'd be in the same class, we'd separate to French and Ojibwe classes for a portion of each day. Now, I'm not sure if this still happens in Ontario, but it's silly if it does. Seems to me that if we're learning more about each others' cultures (historical, *and* current I might add) at an early age, instead of just a few sporadic typical things, it only helps us in the long run. 

We're not normally super political, but we think this is very important. We love Canada, but take a minute to check out Rethink 150, among other movements, and make sure to truly listen to the stories from the indigenous perspective. I didn't think we'd write about this because it can be scary and polarizing, but it's something we believe in. We all have voices, and this is something we should all be able to talk about freely and openly. If you have something to say about this, we'd love to hear from you.

Keep on truckin' 

9 comments

  • sarah

    sarah salmon arm

    Hey! I was just looking for your email here and I found it. Great. But also saw this post about Canada day... and pointing us to check out Rethink 150 and ... Yes thank you! its super hard to speak out sometimes, and to talk about scary or polarizing topics but im glad you did. Lets make it normal and safe to talk about different perspectives. Yay for diversity! Thanks for sharing- ya'll are awesome!

    Hey! I was just looking for your email here and I found it. Great. But also saw this post about Canada day... and pointing us to check out Rethink 150 and ... Yes thank you! its super hard to speak out sometimes, and to talk about scary or polarizing topics but im glad you did. Lets make it normal and safe to talk about different perspectives. Yay for diversity! Thanks for sharing- ya'll are awesome!

  • Chicken-Like Birds

    Chicken-Like Birds

    Hey thanks for the comments Sarah, really appreciate it :). Definitely hard to speak out, and it really shouldn't be.

    Hey thanks for the comments Sarah, really appreciate it smile. Definitely hard to speak out, and it really shouldn't be.

  • Jane

    Jane Oyen AB, en route to Saskatoon

    Mike and I are going to be at Batoche, the site of the Riel Rebellion, on Canada Day. Ironic, but also an opportunity to learn and reflect upon the connection of people to the land; historically and now. I like the idea that we are all treaty people, and that reconciliation is work we need to do / can only do as individuals. It is progress that we are thinking about is and talking about it. So Hurrah and kudo's to the unlikely and amazing survival of First Nation's peoples and cultures.

    Mike and I are going to be at Batoche, the site of the Riel Rebellion, on Canada Day. Ironic, but also an opportunity to learn and reflect upon the connection of people to the land; historically and now. I like the idea that we are all treaty people, and that reconciliation is work we need to do / can only do as individuals. It is progress that we are thinking about is and talking about it. So Hurrah and kudo's to the unlikely and amazing survival of First Nation's peoples and cultures.

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    Chicken-Like Birds

    Awesome! How did that go?

    Awesome! How did that go?

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