Canada Day

O’Keefe Ranch manager Sherrilee Franks said when news broke of the grisly discovery of the 215-plus Indigenous children buried at the site of a former Kamloops residential school and after Victoria announced it was cancelling its Canada Day celebrations, staff had to pause. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Residential school exhibit expedited for Vernon’s Canada Day at ranch

O’Keefe Ranch reaches out to Okanagan Indian Band after news of Kamloops 215

O’Keefe Ranch manager Sherrilee Franks said when news broke of the grisly discovery of the 215-plus Indigenous children buried at the site of a former Kamloops residential school and after Victoria announced it was cancelling its Canada Day celebrations, staff had to pause. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
A young new Canadian holds a flag as she takes part in a citizenship ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. It will be a muted Canada Day in many parts of the country as grief and anger over the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools has made it hard for many Canadians to stomach the usual patriotic pomp of July 1. Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity, but Indigenous leaders, advocates and scholars say that’s just the start of broad efforts needed to reframe Canada Day as a reminder of the country’s dark past and present, and what it means to be Canadian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘The truth has been told’: Indigenous leaders call for Canada Day reflection

Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity

A young new Canadian holds a flag as she takes part in a citizenship ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. It will be a muted Canada Day in many parts of the country as grief and anger over the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools has made it hard for many Canadians to stomach the usual patriotic pomp of July 1. Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity, but Indigenous leaders, advocates and scholars say that’s just the start of broad efforts needed to reframe Canada Day as a reminder of the country’s dark past and present, and what it means to be Canadian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
O'Keefe Ranch is hosting Canada Day events July 1, including having Armstrong's Dwayne Danley on hand to show how wooden wheels were manufactured by hand. (O'Keefe Ranch photo)

Vernon councillor shames B.C. cities cancelling Canada Day

July 1 is a time for celebration, not mourning, councillors agree

O'Keefe Ranch is hosting Canada Day events July 1, including having Armstrong's Dwayne Danley on hand to show how wooden wheels were manufactured by hand. (O'Keefe Ranch photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Canada Day celebrations a go on the Westside

Westside Celebration Committee encourages residents to wear orange in support of Indigenous communities

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Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole is shown on a camera screen as he speaks during a news conference Monday May 31, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

O’Toole pitches Conservatives as Canada Day defenders as more celebrations cancelled

Unmarked grave findings have called into question the appropriateness of holding festivities July 1

Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole is shown on a camera screen as he speaks during a news conference Monday May 31, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vernon-Monashee MLA Hardwinder Sandhu urges constituents to use Canada Day to relfect on the tragic discoveries of Indigenous children at residential schools. (Zoom screenshot)

Indigenous child treatment unthinkable: Vernon-Monashee MLA

Harwinder Sandhu urges everyone to reflect this Canada Day

Vernon-Monashee MLA Hardwinder Sandhu urges constituents to use Canada Day to relfect on the tragic discoveries of Indigenous children at residential schools. (Zoom screenshot)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole addresses the Conservative caucus during a meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: O’Toole against cancelling Canada Day; ministers, NDP say it’s time for reflection

Conservative leader for reconciliation efforts, against so-called activist efforts to “cancel” Canada

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole addresses the Conservative caucus during a meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Victoria’s 2020 Canada Day celebration will not happen this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations backs cancelling Canada Day celebration

Statement made after Victoria cancels Canada Day event as a statement of reconciliation

Victoria’s 2020 Canada Day celebration will not happen this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island First Nations and others gather on the lawn of the legislature to honour the 215 children who never came home from a Kamloops residential school. The timing of the discovery will affect Victoria’s marking of July 1 as Canada Day this year. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria cancels Canada Day events out of respect for First Nations

Reconciliation-based hour-long TV presentation to air later this summer, rather than July 1

Vancouver Island First Nations and others gather on the lawn of the legislature to honour the 215 children who never came home from a Kamloops residential school. The timing of the discovery will affect Victoria’s marking of July 1 as Canada Day this year. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Over a hundred people showed up to the Resist Canada 153 rally at the Legislature on July 1. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

Over a hundred people showed up to the Resist Canada 153 rally at the Legislature on July 1. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
A young Sicamous Canada Day parade-goer is awed by a colourful float filled with beloved Disney characters during the July 1, 2020 community event. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos and video: Colourful Canada Day parade rolls through Sicamous

Patriotic procession allows community to celebrate together while maintaining distance

A young Sicamous Canada Day parade-goer is awed by a colourful float filled with beloved Disney characters during the July 1, 2020 community event. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summerland’s Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2020 were recorded on video. The video is available at the Summerland Legion’s website. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

VIDEO: Summerland holds Canada Day celebration

Full event can be viewed on Summerland Legion’s website

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summerland’s Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2020 were recorded on video. The video is available at the Summerland Legion’s website. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on July 1, 2020. (CPAC screenshot)

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on July 1, 2020. (CPAC screenshot)
Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at a Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting wants the federal government to drop hosting its virtual Canada Day celebration on Facebook Inc. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan
Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at a Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting wants the federal government to drop hosting its virtual Canada Day celebration on Facebook Inc. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan
The City of Enderby has lots on the go planned for Canada Day on July 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19. (Darren Robinson photo)

Fireworks for Canada Day in Enderby

Live music, virtual parties and more planned for country’s birthday bash in Enderby

The City of Enderby has lots on the go planned for Canada Day on July 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19. (Darren Robinson photo)
(The Canadian Press)

Poll suggests many likely to find way to celebrate Canada Day despite pandemic

For 42 per cent of those polled, this Canada Day will be no different than any other

(The Canadian Press)
Greg Sturm (left) poses with native dancer Barry Albert during a Canada Day celebration, Monday, July 1, 2013 in London, Ont. Indigenous communities and leaders are sharing their Canada Day frustrations. THE CANADIAN PRESS//Dave Chidley

‘No celebrations’: Indigenous communities, leaders share Canada Day frustrations

Canada Day comes this year as Indigenous Peoples absorb reports of confrontations between the police and Aboriginal people

Greg Sturm (left) poses with native dancer Barry Albert during a Canada Day celebration, Monday, July 1, 2013 in London, Ont. Indigenous communities and leaders are sharing their Canada Day frustrations. THE CANADIAN PRESS//Dave Chidley
Summer Shen waves a Canadian flag while sporting a patriotic outfit during Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver, on July 1, 2019. The true north remains just as strong but might not feel quite as free with Canada Day celebrations being a little quieter and physically distant as people keep their guard up against COVID-19. From coast to coast to coast the usual festivities, parades and fireworks that accompany Canada Day have been cancelled in many communities this year because of COVID-19, but Canadians are still finding ways to mark the country’s birthday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summer Shen waves a Canadian flag while sporting a patriotic outfit during Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver, on July 1, 2019. The true north remains just as strong but might not feel quite as free with Canada Day celebrations being a little quieter and physically distant as people keep their guard up against COVID-19. From coast to coast to coast the usual festivities, parades and fireworks that accompany Canada Day have been cancelled in many communities this year because of COVID-19, but Canadians are still finding ways to mark the country’s birthday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (The Canadian Press)

Premiers couldn’t agree on condemning systemic racism in declaration: Trudeau

Talk is cheap and it’s time to do things about racism, says Doug Ford

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (The Canadian Press)
Wanda Robson’s older sister Viola Desmond, the civil rights pioneer and businesswoman, is the new face of the $10 bill. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canadians fail quiz on prominent BIPOC figures in history

Only 160 of 1,000 respondents were able to pass a quiz on racialized Canadians

Wanda Robson’s older sister Viola Desmond, the civil rights pioneer and businesswoman, is the new face of the $10 bill. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)