Tomorrow is a day when traditionally we celebrate Canada Day. I am sure you have heard in the news, however, that Canada Day celebrations have been cancelled in many places - and not because of Covid, but because of the realization of the horrific discovery of unmarked graves of indigenous children.
How are we to respond as a community of faith?
I can not tell you what to do.
But personally tomorrow I will take time to reflect on this land which was called Turtle Island long before settlers called it Canada. I will acknowledge our history, both good and bad. And I will pray that we can move forward in a way that allows us to celebrate our ability to reconcile our wrongs, to listen to each other, and to work together for a unified future in this great country.
If you want to join with members of the WOW region in a Canada Day prayer vigil, tomorrow at 10.30am, click on this link to join the zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 298 718 2879
Whatever you do tomorrow, have a wonderful day. And as you reflect, I invite you to listen to this song that Brian Boland shared with me. The lyrics were apparently written by an 83-year-old man who lives in a retirement home in Perth, Ontario.
We Are Canadian song