Today, Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial. That’s a fun word to say: sesquicentennial.
Across the country, many Canadians gather to celebrate the 150th Canada Day. To the outside world, we’re seen as an inoffensive, hockey-loving, beer-drinking, maple syrup-eating, compulsively apologizing, and friendly people. With a good-looking Prime Minister.
But what does it mean to be a Canadian?
Everyone will have a different answer, but to me, being a Canuck is all about acceptance and multiculturalism. Does Canada have issues? Of course. Every country faces problems with prejudice and bigotry. For me, however, being Canadian means taking a step back and listening to the voices expressing concerns, whether it be the LGBTQ+ community, refugees, immigrants, or — most importantly — First Nations. Their voices deserve to be heard just as much as everyone else’s, even if their stories don’t tell of a perfect, happy history.
To me, Canada’s 150th anniversary is a way to start listening to the unheard voices so we can start making our country as great as we think it is.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t go out and celebrate all decked out in red and white, waving little paper flags. We absolutely can. Just take a moment to listen. We have so much to be proud of here in the Great White North, and we have a chance to make it better.
What does being Canadian mean to you? Let me know in the comments!