Happy Canada Day! July 1 marks the 156th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, which dates all the way back to 1867. Canada has an imperfect history, but there’s plenty to celebrate, too.
Truth and reconciliation
Though wildfires and grocery prices have captured the news cycle, we’re still focused on truth and reconciliation. You may remember that in 2021, hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered across the country, bringing the tragedies of Canada’s residential schools system to the forefront of the public consciousness.
Since then, we’ve seen the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation become a stat holiday in BC, and Manitoba may not be far behind.
If you’re interested in learning more about Indigenous histories and cultures, consider checking out the #IndigenousReads reading list, or Reconciliation: A Starting Point, a mobile app built to help users understand reconciliation, and why it matters.
Going even further, you can explore Indigenous Canada via a University of Alberta program established on coursera, or browse Indigenous place names in Canada.
Canada Day celebrations
No matter what you’re doing this Canada Day, consider taking a moment of silence at 7 pm on July 1. Offer a few quiet moments to contemplate what you’re grateful for, and how we can pull together to improve upon the failures of the past.
Take the Canada Day quiz
Canada Day is about more than reconciliation, though. Canadian culture is diverse and multifaceted. In that spirit, we’ve built a Canada Day quiz with 20 questions guaranteed to get you thinking! Do you know who Canada’s richest celebrity is? Or what flavour of potato chips you can only get in Canada?
Take the quiz and find out how well you know Canada! Can you get 100% correct? Good luck!