Town of Canmore

Canada Day in Canmore

Thank you to all those who participated in our 2021 programming!

Canada Day can bring up a wide range of emotions - from the elation of New Canadians who celebrate a new life in this country  - to the pain of Indigenous Peoples who are reminded of the lasting impacts of colonialism. Our history in this land is complex and includes hard truths, like residential schools. 

The discoveries of children buried in unmarked graves on former residential school properties affirm what many residential school survivors have been saying for years.  These discoveries and the truth of Canada's history are leading for some to call for a cancelling or an amending of Canada Day festivities going forward.

We have heard and listened to these calls. We have also heard and listened to new Canadians who have come to our country and found opportunities they would not have otherwise had. In 2021, the Town of Canmore hosted a self-guided event, and in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation and the rich and complex experience of what it means to be Canadian, we will think deeply about our offerings next year to acknowledge Canada's full and complex history.

In the meantime, here are some resources to learn more and actions to take:
· We encourage everyone to learn more about residential schools in Canada and the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and commit to a better future.  The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation offers many resources.

· The Town of Canmore also encourages families and friends to talk with children about Canada's complex history.  The First Nations Family Caring Society has a kid-friendly resource.

· Instead of the traditional red, wear orange on Canada Day in recognition of the lives lost at residential schools as a show of solidarity. 

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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