James Andrew Aviso and ANAKScholarship recipient Karla Atanacio
|Daisydee Bautista and Lakeisha Rae Moreno|
at the Elmwood High School convocation
As many Canadians mark 2017 as a milestone since the first Dominion Day, I became curious as to how this anniversary became the most popularly celebrated as a nation. In 1867, the Dominion of Canada consisted of 4 provinces. Unlike today’s 10 provinces and 3 territories, which came to be 18 years ago when Nunavut joined Confederation in 1999. So 150 is not celebrating Canada’s borders.
Indigenous peoples have lived on Canada’s claim of land for thousands of years and treaties with the British date back approximately 300 years. Followed by the centuries and various waves of immigration from Europe, to the global communities and multiculturalism we know today. So 150 is not celebrating Canada’s people.
150 is not acknowledging colonization (although I guess that wouldn’t be celebrated). 150 is not even celebrating independence though, since Canadian sovereignty didn’t happen until the Constitution Act of 1982.
Looking at Canada’s timeline only left me with more questions. What makes some points in history more important than others? Is popular history just dates and names? Is importance only placed on a celebration of firsts? Does importance in history only apply to those few? Does history have to be so select and exclusive? Well… I hope not.