Weeks after the discovery of a burial site with unmarked graves of Indigenous children in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, ignited the calls to cancel Canada Day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s message or in other words appeal to the country on the national holiday primarily concentrated on building “a better future for all.”
Le Canada n’est pas arrivé par hasard et ne pourra pas continuer sans effort. Alors que nous célébrons notre pays et les gens avec qui nous le partageons, renouvelons notre engagement à bâtir un avenir meilleur, pour tous. #FêteDuCanada https://t.co/CMq0qI1PvF pic.twitter.com/0608Co7GvM
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 1, 2021
He began his message by asking citizens of the country to reflect upon what they have already achieved and what they have a focus on achieving now. He continued with his point on the global pandemic crisis, he mentioned that how the past year and a half have been a difficult time for Canada, and also that the hard time has taught everyone a lesson.
“If this difficult time has taught us all one thing, it’s that in times of challenge or crisis Canadians are there for one another,” he said. “We’ve all helped our communities stay safe and healthy.” He continued about the sacrifice the nation made together to fight this pandemic, like not celebrating birthdays and graduation ceremonies. The Prime Minister also remarked, that the country “stopped to reflect on the historical and ongoing injustices.”
“The truth is, we’ve got a long way to go to make things right with Indigenous Peoples,” he continued. “But if we all pledge ourselves to do the work, we can achieve reconciliation.” He added, “What makes Canada special is not the belief that this is the best country in the world, it’s the knowledge that it could be.”
Many other delegates took a chance to use their voice for justice and hope, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde asked for transformational change in the lives of indigenous people. Association president Jack Jedwab also took an opportunity to share his views on Canada Day about the equality and acknowledgment people now have for different races.
Canada Day’s message by the Prime Minister was positive and was successful in radiating positivity and hopeful tomorrow for the people.