My Canada

by +CrystalThieringer    @cdthieringer

DSCN4300I love Canada. I have always been proud to stand under our maple leaf flag, to hear our anthem and to sing “God, keep our land glorious and free.”

But we’ve had problems. Recently, we have rightfully been shamed as testimony about the treatment of aboriginals in residential schools has come to light. The Report on Truth and Reconciliation  was sobering reading. It’s difficult now to know how to learn from the past, and to ensure our country’s collective mistakes don’t happen again in the future. As a child, I have strong memories of the racism introduced to us in our home, and especially as we drove from my grandparent’s. They had experiences near the reservation that led to negative actions and feelings, and it is wrong for me to minimize or dismiss that fact. We are shaped by what our experiences, and I know for sure my parents were not always surrounded by positive and nurturing events.

I’ve decided their why doesn’t matter to me, not now. What matters most is that I personally, ensure I learn my own truths, and am moulded by my own experiences.

This video shows one man’s story. It is unique, but it is also common. Mr. Kinew is well-spoken, and represents his people and his culture–and our country very well. All of his videos are interesting, exposing me to parts of Canada that remain foreign to me. He speaks to hope for our collective future, a Canada reconciled to its past and moving forward together to its future. But none of that can happen if we don’t at least try to understand.

If you are Canadian, please watch. If you aren’t, please watch. There is so much for us to learn from each other.

Oh Canada. I still stand on guard for thee. And I always will.

2 thoughts on “My Canada

  1. A very powerful video. Everyone can learn from the story of ongoing movement towards reconciliation. When I was in Australia earlier this year, I noticed every public speech began with a statement of reconciliation or acknowledgement of the Aboriginal people. I wonder what would happen in my country if this became common practice.

    On a separate note, I learned your national anthem at a young age because of hockey, but then I played it each summer in high school when my high school marching band took trips to Canada to play field shows at baseball games. I will stand with you today – Happy Canada Day!

    1. Thanks Denise. We have much to learn. I have much to learn.

      I played in marching band as well–although my band was in my home town. My high school didn’t have one. I was a flute player. What did you play?

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