DURHAM: The Region of Durham has decided not to move forward with this year’s ‘Canada Day the Durham Way’ virtual event. The decision was announced in a press release sent out on Monday, June 28th.
“Residents are advised that the Canada Day the Durham Way virtual programming, originally scheduled for Canada Day, will not be taking place on July 1st. Instead, the Region of Durham is asking residents to reflect on our relationships-both past and present-with Indigenous communities, and to move forward with reconciliation in our hearts, minds and actions. Residents are encouraged to take time to be open and honest about our historic and present-day relationship with the First Peoples of this land—the land we are proud to now call Canada.”
In a statement, Regional Chair John Henry explained there needs to be a different tone taken in regards to celebrating this country’s anniversary.
“We have always prided ourselves on being one of the best countries in the world because we are open, honest, and welcoming. We need to uphold that reputation this Canada Day, and take this time to be open and honest with ourselves, and our historic and present-day relationship with the First Peoples of this land,” Chair Henry’s statement read. For ideas of what to do on Canada Day, go online to durham.ca/CanadaDay.