White Poppy

Whitewashing Remembrance: I Wear A Poppy For Native Veterans

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I choose to wear the poppy for a different reason. I choose to wear it because as a woman with Native ancestry, I want to remember those whose faces we never see in the Heritage moments or on the Remembrance Day TV spots. While we remember the many veterans who fought in the many wars Canada has been involved in, the iconic images of these veterans are whitewashed.

He Wins The White Poppy Debate With One Tweet

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Alberta

The dragon breathed fire and came in the swift defence of Remembrance Day and it's most iconic symbol, the red poppy. As discussion in Canada swirl...

MP Calls White Poppies 'Offensive'

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

A campaign to hand out white poppy pins is "an offensive attempt to politicize Remembrance Day," says Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fanti...

Why I Won't Be Wearing A Remembrance Day Poppy

Anne Theriault | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

My main reason for abstaining from wearing a Remembrance poppy is that I'm starting to feel like it represents a support for all of my country's military action, not just the sacrifices made by soldiers in past wars. It's as if by wearing it I'm giving my tacit agreement to Canada's activities in Afghanistan, or the ways that women are mistreated in the Canadian Forces. The truth is, though, that I don't want our military engaged in any kind of action; I don't want to feel like I have the blood of civilians (or, well, anybody) on my hands. I also feel deeply uncomfortable about a number of things that happen within military culture.

Has The Poppy Lost Its Meaning?

Nora Loreto | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada
Nora Loreto

The red poppy worn in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day has become so normalized that it's simply something that we wear. We leave them on our sun visors in our cars. We lose them. We buy others. We say we remember but we don't do what's next to turn our remembrance into action. As the Canadian government has demonstrated its support for foreign wars, the symbol of the poppy has been hijacked. While it remains a symbol of peace and remembrance for many, it has also become a symbol of support of Canada's current war ambitions.