Mahoney: Six Nations not celebrating being Canadian –

by ahnationtalk on June 15, 2017186 Views

‘Why celebrate? We’re older than that’

Canadians being Canadian (whatever that means), there would not be tons of evidence, on a Google Street scan of the country, that we’re happily bouncing on the diving board of patriotism, readying for a plunge into a major celebration — Canada 150.

In the United States, there would be flags and bunting on every side street, streamers and gonfalons, bandstands in parks with skirts of Old Glory and cascading swag and valance. Here, for 150, there’s been a modest spike in spell checks on the word “sesquicentennial” but not a lot else.

I’m exaggerating. But if the lead-up to 150 is typically subdued throughout the country, it is positively nullified on the reserves, at least judging by Ohsweken, among the people of the Six Nations.

I drove along Chiefswood and some of the tributary roads that run off of it recently. On a front yard on Sunrise Court, I saw a lonely lawn chair, unoccupied, with a Canada flag pattern.

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