Canada Day

Skies over Fort St. John were ignited by a municipal display of fireworks this Canada Day, despite a province-wide fire ban and 119 wildfires that have recently sparked across B.C. (Instagram/Yvett Michna)

B.C. city defends Canada Day fireworks as province sees moderate-extreme fire danger

‘Towns are burning down and here we are, trying to light ours up,’ says Fort St. John resident

 

A headless statue of Queen Victoria is seen overturned and vandalized at the provincial legislature in Winnipeg, Friday, July 2, 2021. The statue and a statue of Queen Elizabeth were toppled on Canada Day during demonstrations concerning Indigenous children who died at residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone

Canada Day protest over residential schools sees monarch statues toppled in Winnipeg

The statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth were tied with ropes and brought down by a crowd that gathered

 

The Canadian flag on the Peace Tower flies at half-mast on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Peace Tower flag lowered on Canada Day to honour Indigenous children: Trudeau

Trudeau said he made the decision as he and many Canadians reflect on the tragedy of the institutions.

 

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)
Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at UFV, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)

Canada Day as seen through an Indigenous lens

‘Canadians need to take the time to learn what it is that we are trying to reconcile’ - Wenona Hall

Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)
Wenona Hall, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at UFV, with kids. (Devon Hall photography)
A young new Canadian holds a flag as she takes part in a citizenship ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. It will be a muted Canada Day in many parts of the country as grief and anger over the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools has made it hard for many Canadians to stomach the usual patriotic pomp of July 1. Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity, but Indigenous leaders, advocates and scholars say that’s just the start of broad efforts needed to reframe Canada Day as a reminder of the country’s dark past and present, and what it means to be Canadian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘The truth has been told’: Indigenous leaders call for Canada Day reflection

Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity

A young new Canadian holds a flag as she takes part in a citizenship ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. It will be a muted Canada Day in many parts of the country as grief and anger over the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools has made it hard for many Canadians to stomach the usual patriotic pomp of July 1. Rather than fireworks, parades and performances, several municipalities say they will mark the national holiday with reflection and solidarity, but Indigenous leaders, advocates and scholars say that’s just the start of broad efforts needed to reframe Canada Day as a reminder of the country’s dark past and present, and what it means to be Canadian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
O'Keefe Ranch is hosting Canada Day events July 1, including having Armstrong's Dwayne Danley on hand to show how wooden wheels were manufactured by hand. (O'Keefe Ranch photo)

Vernon councillor shames B.C. cities cancelling Canada Day

July 1 is a time for celebration, not mourning, councillors agree

O'Keefe Ranch is hosting Canada Day events July 1, including having Armstrong's Dwayne Danley on hand to show how wooden wheels were manufactured by hand. (O'Keefe Ranch photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Canada Day celebrations a go on the Westside

Westside Celebration Committee encourages residents to wear orange in support of Indigenous communities

(Black Press Media file photo)
Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole is shown on a camera screen as he speaks during a news conference Monday May 31, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

O’Toole pitches Conservatives as Canada Day defenders as more celebrations cancelled

Unmarked grave findings have called into question the appropriateness of holding festivities July 1

Leader of the Opposition Erin O’Toole is shown on a camera screen as he speaks during a news conference Monday May 31, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vernon-Monashee MLA Hardwinder Sandhu urges constituents to use Canada Day to relfect on the tragic discoveries of Indigenous children at residential schools. (Zoom screenshot)

Indigenous child treatment unthinkable: Vernon-Monashee MLA

Harwinder Sandhu urges everyone to reflect this Canada Day

Vernon-Monashee MLA Hardwinder Sandhu urges constituents to use Canada Day to relfect on the tragic discoveries of Indigenous children at residential schools. (Zoom screenshot)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole addresses the Conservative caucus during a meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: O’Toole against cancelling Canada Day; ministers, NDP say it’s time for reflection

Conservative leader for reconciliation efforts, against so-called activist efforts to “cancel” Canada

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole addresses the Conservative caucus during a meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Victoria’s 2020 Canada Day celebration will not happen this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations backs cancelling Canada Day celebration

Statement made after Victoria cancels Canada Day event as a statement of reconciliation

Victoria’s 2020 Canada Day celebration will not happen this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island First Nations and others gather on the lawn of the legislature to honour the 215 children who never came home from a Kamloops residential school. The timing of the discovery will affect Victoria’s marking of July 1 as Canada Day this year. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria cancels Canada Day events out of respect for First Nations

Reconciliation-based hour-long TV presentation to air later this summer, rather than July 1

Vancouver Island First Nations and others gather on the lawn of the legislature to honour the 215 children who never came home from a Kamloops residential school. The timing of the discovery will affect Victoria’s marking of July 1 as Canada Day this year. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Over a hundred people showed up to the Resist Canada 153 rally at the Legislature on July 1. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

Over a hundred people showed up to the Resist Canada 153 rally at the Legislature on July 1. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
A young Sicamous Canada Day parade-goer is awed by a colourful float filled with beloved Disney characters during the July 1, 2020 community event. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos and video: Colourful Canada Day parade rolls through Sicamous

Patriotic procession allows community to celebrate together while maintaining distance

A young Sicamous Canada Day parade-goer is awed by a colourful float filled with beloved Disney characters during the July 1, 2020 community event. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summerland’s Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2020 were recorded on video. The video is available at the Summerland Legion’s website. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

VIDEO: Summerland holds Canada Day celebration

Full event can be viewed on Summerland Legion’s website

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summerland’s Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2020 were recorded on video. The video is available at the Summerland Legion’s website. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on July 1, 2020. (CPAC screenshot)

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on July 1, 2020. (CPAC screenshot)
Locals snap pictures with Canada Day enthusiast during celebrations in downtown Kelowna. (File)

PHOTOS: Looking back at Central Okanagan Canada Day celebrations of years past

While there may not be many festivities to look forward to for Canada Day 2020, previous celebrations have been a real treat

Locals snap pictures with Canada Day enthusiast during celebrations in downtown Kelowna. (File)
Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at a Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting wants the federal government to drop hosting its virtual Canada Day celebration on Facebook Inc. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan
Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at a Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting wants the federal government to drop hosting its virtual Canada Day celebration on Facebook Inc. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan
(The Canadian Press)

Poll suggests many likely to find way to celebrate Canada Day despite pandemic

For 42 per cent of those polled, this Canada Day will be no different than any other

(The Canadian Press)