What does it mean to be a Canadian?
Canada celebrates its 147th birthday and there is much for us to collectively celebrate. We are among the most wealthy and progressive nations on earth. We welcome people from around the globe and invite them to join us in celebrating our diversity, our unique success as a multicultural nation, and as another tile in our cultural mosaic.
We are examining two perspectives here through the eyes of recently naturalized citizens and an experienced politician Elizabeth May.
We are an embracing, tolerant nation with a healthy democracy. We support personal liberty and freedom: free markets, free speech and “free” health care. We answer the call to assist allies and the oppressed on the other side of the world; our young men and women serving in our armed forces do so with honour and dignity.
Our education system is among the best in the world and prepares young minds for the rigours and challenges of adulthood, graduating knowledgeable, curious and ambitious students in a range of academic and professional disciplines.
How do people celebrate Canada Day? It is quite different from Whitby Ontario to the Rockies in the west or to the Maritimes in the east.
In Stevenson, the fishing town in BC, Canada day celebrations kick off, (now in its 69th year) with a citizenship ceremony. 40 new Canadians will be welcomed at the Steveston mainstage that will be followed by a parade.
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- Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
- Settlement programs and services in Ontario
Beginning at 11:00 a.m. there’s a somewhat famous salmon barbeque, which serves wild sockeye salmon cooked over open alder wood fire pits. After that you’re into the entertainment leg of the day: a band called the Arrogant Worms, a youth choir, a dance troupe, a seniors drumming circle and so on.
Steveston Salmon Festival (Richmond, British Columbia)