All of this has stirred a national debate about whether to celebrate Canada’s national holiday on July
1. On social media
, #CancelCanadaDay is still trending
. But would canceling one day even be an adequate act of contrition
We Canadians don’t like to hear it, but we can be a self-righteous bunch. Like most other Western democracies, we often present ourselves on the international stage as the ones with the moral authority to investigate crimes against humanity in faraway places.
But like Chief Cameron asked us
, it’s time to start listening to the whispers
. Sometimes they are open screams
— like those of Joyce Echaquan
, the Indigenous mother who was insulted and neglected by Quebec hospital staff as she lay dying last year
Canadians can no longer deny this growing chorus. Racism in the country is real and spans hundreds of years; it will take more than a day to begin making amends.
‘There are many unmarked graves in your country’
“I would like to say this on a closing note,” Chief Cameron told CNN’s Paula Newton last week, emphasizing his belief that many unmarked Indigenous graves are yet to be discovered across North America.
“ジョー・バイデン大統領, if you are listening
, we implore you and we advise you to work with our brothers and sisters in the United States
, because there are many unmarked graves in your country
. Work with those chiefs and councils and survivors to help give those bodies a proper burial.