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Melissa Mbarki: Don’t blame Indigenous people for Calgary cancelling July 1st fireworks – National Post

by ahnationtalk on May 25, 202319 Views

May 25, 2023

Indigenous people are Canadians and many, like me, want to celebrate Canada Day. Actions like this only further divide us

Citing “cultural sensitivities … in relation to Truth and Reconciliation,” the City of Calgary is cancelling its annual Canada Day fireworks display, which can be seen across the city, and replacing it with a low-level pyrotechnic show at Fort Calgary.

I’d like to know how many Indigenous groups, people and communities were consulted about this. Many of us look forward to July 1st festivities, including the fireworks. It’s one of the few times when Canadians get together and celebrate the diversity of our country.

Indigenous people are Canadians. We have every right to celebrate Canada Day, even if others choose not to. Removing a holiday or a celebration that unites Canadians is not reconciliation. Actions like this further divide us.

By its very nature, reconciliation needs to include a wide range of voices, especially when a decision is made on behalf of Indigenous people. Hearing just one or a handful of voices, with a particular viewpoint, is not the foundation for long-lasting relationships between Indigenous communities and government.

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