Celebrate Canada Day with Neighbours: Canada Day 2021
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Our Canada Day 2021 event is a family friendly event set up as a sidewalk art challenge. Legacy residents are encouraged to create their own art and also to explore the artistic creations of your neighbours. Check back here for a “chalk walk” map on Canada Day. We’ll also share on Facebook.
Chalk is on us and our sponsors! Members get free delivery from our volunteers, and non-members can pick up kits at designated times and locations.
This Canada Day, in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we wish to take an opportunity to acknowledge the recent discoveries of hundreds of children’s unmarked graves at the sites of residential schools in Canada. As described in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015), “residential schools were created for the purpose of separating Aboriginal children from their families, in order to minimize and weaken family ties and cultural linkages, and to indoctrinate children into a new culture”. The history of these institutions is not new, but it does reignite our collective responsibility to reconciliation, and to moving forward together.
As a board, we have a platform and voice that we will use to stand with and offer our support where we are able to our neighbours – the Indigenous communities of North America. We hope that over the next few days, and this Canada Day, members of our community may find ways and moments to reflect on the past, and on the ways in which we move forward.
-Please consider supporting organizations like the the Colouring it Forward Reconciliation Society (CIFRS), “to provide opportunities for Indigenous folks through advancing education on Indigenous issues, spirituality, art, and culture by providing space in Treaty 7” (CIFRS website) and to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS), which “provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas” (IRSSS website).
-Learn more about the traditional territories of the lands that we live, work, and play on Native-Land.ca.
-Take time to read and to understand the history of Residential Schools through documents like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, including the Calls to Action.
With these complex and important topics in mind, our Canada Day Chalk Contest will proceed for those wishing to participate. We understand and acknowledge that each Legacian will find their own way to celebrate, or choose to not celebrate, this Canada Day. Our hope is that for those participating in the chalk contest, that you will celebrate and share the parts of Canada that make you proud – while also reflecting and committing to improve the Canada of tomorrow. One member described it as “The contest calls us to describe what we love about our country. I think the results will reflect the deep love of each other. My own son’s picture—he wants to draw people of all kinds holding hands.”
We wish you a peaceful and reflective Canada Day this July 1st.
-The Calgary Legacy Community Association
[Final Report, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2015, http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf]