Written by Robyn T. Braley
I can't believe another Canada Day is here. For many, July 1st is also the official launch of summer. They book off several days and celebrate with friends and family in the mountains, at the lake, in local parks, or in their backyards.
We must hold those responsible accountable. Words and empty platitudes are not enough!
The tragedy spans 100 years. Somebody knew. Church officials, police, government, citizens of neighbouring towns and villages.
It is now revealed there were indigenous voices that spoke up through the decades. Most were ignored or deemed exaggerations. Officials who took them seriously and started asking questions faced roadblocks and were discouraged from finding answers.
There are many tragedies in this story, but I will highlight two. First, children died of disease, possibly neglect, and some from the result of physical or sexual abuse.
I'm sure some died of a broken heart. Most families were not informed of the death of their children. Any time a child dies, for whatever reason, it is a tragedy.
The second tragedy is perhaps more sinister. The children were buried in mass, unmarked graves. Unmarked means there were no gravestones or markers. That means that in the view of those who buried them, they were nameless, faceless bodies. They were less than human.
Now, as we begin to ask hard questions, there are those who say records of those buried - if they can be found - should not be released for privacy reasons!
Celebrate and Reflect
- People died so I can speak freely, vote as I wish and write this
- I am free to love and be loved
- Canada is a land of opportunity that rewards entrepreneurs
- I can dream great dreams and make them real
- Our national anthem is singable and emotionally charged
- A rodent is our national symbol
- Education resources, mentors, and teaching allow me to learn and grow
- I can choose how I worship
- Canada is diverse in culture, people, language, geography, food
- We celebrate foods like poutine, Canadian bacon, and butter chicken
- Canadians created Hawaiian Pizza and Ginger Beef
- Wearing Maple Leaf pins bring better service when travelling abroad
- People freely give of their time and resources to better their communities
- We have a passion for hockey, our own brand of football and basketball. A Canadian invented basketball.
- We have a cool flag that is immediately recognized around the world.
What do you think? Do you have other reasons? I want to hear from you. Please comment below.