After the bodies are found, some say Canada Day is not to be celebrated – .

After the bodies are found, some say Canada Day is not to be celebrated – .

Usually the biggest celebration is centered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where a large concert stage is normally erected and a day and evening of musical performances are crowned with fireworks.

Steven Guilbeault, the federal minister whose ministry is hosting the celebrations in the capital, said in an email that the virtual celebrations would take place. But he added that the government would focus its attention on commemorating residential school students on September 30, which a recently passed law made a public holiday, National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

“We recognize that for many, Canada Day is not an occasion to celebrate,” wrote Mr. Guilbeault. “It has been a deeply moving and traumatic time for Indigenous communities across the country. “

Outside the capital, celebrations are usually organized by local governments or volunteer committees.

Several of them have now canceled their plans out of respect for the indigenous communities.

“I recognize that the Indigenous community has suffered and continues to suffer and cry,” said Angie Hallman, one of the Canada Day organizers in the rural community of Wilmont Township, Ontario, in an online article. announcing his group’s plan to cancel all celebrations, in person and virtually, in support of Indigenous peoples. “We stop, sit and cry in silence with them. “

Some local governments in British Columbia and Saskatchewan have also canceled the celebrations.

Last week, Erin O’Toole, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, slammed towns and villages for canceling the celebrations.


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