Canada observes its 154th Birth centenary with virtual celebrations and reflection

Asha Bajaj
3 min readJul 1, 2021

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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada is observing its Canada Day, also known as the National Day of Canada its 154th anniversary of independent Canada today.

Canada Day 2021. Image credit: Facebook page of Canada Day 2021

Canada Day, a federal statutory holiday has been observed on July 1 since 1868 by Canadians across the country and around the world to show their pride in their history, culture, and achievements and celebrates the anniversary of the Canadian confederation which occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British Parliament passed legislation and created Canada as a new, domestically self-governing federation, consisting of the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec.

In 1868, Governor-General Lord Monck signed a proclamation that requests all Her Majesty’s subjects across Canada to celebrate July 1.

On Canada Day, Canadians from across the get together to celebrate this day with fireworks, parades, barbecues, concerts, carnivals, fairs, and picnics, etc.

As Canada observes its 154th national day this year, its second Canada Day under public health restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and amid a renewed conversation about Indigenous reconciliation, it becomes both a day of celebration and reflection.

“Hope, hard work, kindness, resilience, and respect. These are the values that Canadians have shown in the face of the pandemic, and today we should celebrate those values and what we’ve overcome. But while we acknowledge our successes, we must also recognize that, for some, Canada Day is not yet a day of celebration. The horrific findings of the remains of hundreds of children at the sites of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan have rightfully pressed us to reflect on our country’s historical failures, and the injustices that still exist for Indigenous peoples and many others in Canada…This Canada Day, let’s recommit to learning from and listening to each other so we can break down the barriers that divide us, rectify the injustices of our past, and build a more fair and equitable society for everyone. Together, we will roll up our sleeves and do the hard work that is

Asha Bajaj

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