This Lynne, one of the kindest gentlest people I know. I think you can figure out where she stands.
Today was Canada Day and I asked a number of my friends, ‘How patriotic are you?” In other words, was it appropriate to celebrate Canada Day after all that has happened in on Canada in the last few weeks? Who feels comfortable celebrating Canada Day. Some say they were not comfortable with that. I know someone who said she will not celebrate Canada Day again. Others felt it was appropriate to celebrate, but with some important qualifications.
This is Jenn and Kel. They are funny, kind and empathetic.
I love my country. I always have and probably always will. Yet, I am bothered by recent history I have learned, particularly since I read the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015. That disturbed me a lot. Since then I have tried to learn more about the history of the country I love. Some of that history is not something to be proud. As a T-shirt said that I saw recently, “No pride in genocide.” I do not like it when our country is lumped in with the genocides of Nazi Germany, Russia, China, Serbia, Rwanda, and the United States. That bothers me and I admit I was a bit reluctant to celebrate today.
My lovely wife Chris, reluctant to celebrate, but ready to enjoy life.
It really depends on your point of view. If you are looking at our country from a comfortable pew, as Pierre Burton called it, the country looks pretty good. We have a lot to be thankful for. We have freedom and opportunity to earn and enjoy a good life. Yet if you are looking from the line at our local soup kitchen or if you are one of the many indigenous children in care of the state where they put you in a foster home or even worse a hotel, things don’t look quite so good. They have less to be thankful for than I do. For indigenous children who suffer from intergenerational trauma life is not so good. Too often people from the comfort of good jobs, safe homes, and communities where we are respected find it easy to enjoy Canada. Sometimes we don’t see our own privilege.
Lynne and her radical husband ready to start the revolution–tomorrow. 2 of the finest.
If you think Canada is the best country what are you doing to make it so? If you recognize that life could surely be a lot better for those less fortunate what are you doing to help them?
This is your faithful scribe, trying to meander towards truth and justice but finding it difficult.
When we celebrate Canada Day we must make sure that we do so with eyes wide open, not denying or ignoring the suffering of others. We must not avoid Canada’s sins. They are more than blemishes. No matter what we think the evidence is clear: we can do better? We should do better.