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Now, THIS is how you welcome Canada Day.
Thousands crowded Parliament Hill for one of the biggest July 1 celebrations in the country.
Anti-immigrant xenophobia is usually tied to nationalism, and nationalism tends to spike during independence celebrations. So here's something to think about this Canada Day: everyone in this colonized land that is not First Nations or Inuit is an immigrant. I'm fourth generation myself. Three of my four grandparents were born here. My wife's relatives immigrated to North America from Denmark and Scotland. Every single other citizen that is not indigenous immigrated here, too, be it from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America or wherever else.
It's not an innocent question.
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With most kids out of school and the weather looking lovely, there's no better way to spend time with your family and celebrate the birth of our glorious nation than to attend one of thousands of free events taking place across Canada. We've compiled the best ones here for your planning pleasure.
Although the classrooms will be empty for two months, who says the learning has to stop? Taking advantage of holidays, celebrations and festivals presents great opportunities to reinforce teachable moments. And what better summer learning opportunity is there than the biggest birthday party in town on July 1?
Happy birthday, you beautiful babe!
"Canada has always been there to help people who need it."
These names are both meaningful and empowering.