Canada Day’s cautious return – Nunatsiaq News

Canada Day’s cautious return – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 202261 Views

Barbecues, parades, traditional celebrations expected go ahead a year after many used country’s last birthday to reflect on residential schools

Canada Day barbecues, parades and parties are set to go ahead across Nunavut and Nunavik on Friday, a year after many celebrations were replaced with a day of reflection.

Last year, many Canadians spent their July 1 reflecting and mourning in response to the news earlier in the spring there were hundreds of unmarked graves at the sites of some former residential schools.

As Canadians learned more about the history of the residential school system, in place from the late 1800s to 1996, it cast a pall over traditional celebrations to mark the birthday of the country that created it as a way to separate Indigenous children from their culture and language.

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