This is a shamelessly patriotic post – which is very un-Canadian, eh?
July 1st is Canada Day nowadays, but when I was a child, it was called Dominion Day, to commemorate the day in 1867 when Canada became a Confederation of 4 provinces. Interestingly, not all the provinces existed at that time – BC didn’t join till 1871, Newfoundland not until 1949. It was changed to Canada Day in 1982 probably to get people’s thinking away from the connotation of dominion and the fact that we are not “independent” in the sense that the US or France are. I’m not Quebecois or First Nations, so it’s easy for me to say this, but I’m OK being part of a commonwealth of countries bound by allegiance to one figurehead. I guess if that figurehead was a despot and tyranny was the order of the day, I’d feel differently.
There are many things I wish Canada would do differently. There are things I wish had never happened here. But there is so much that is good about this place and this group of peoples, that for today and becaues of who I am, I’ll raise my glass to Her Majesty and my country, and thank God that I am able to call this home.
Following is a video version of the poem “We are More” written and narrated by Shane Koyczan, a Canadian poet who shared this at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics: