Before I begin writing this blog post, I would like to start by acknowledging that the land on which we live in is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. This, is by far the first thing we should all remember as Canada Day approaches.
Canada Day is an occasion that primarily celebrates, being Canadian.
Nevertheless, some might see it as the day to celebrate their new-beginning. I say this because, it has been the case for most – to not say all- of us Latin Americans or Immigrants from any nationality. For some of us, Canada is our only home where we learnt how to talk, walk and act. For others, this is our second home. We were raised in our first homes and we proceeded to learning that we can live in a place thats better suited or has better opportunities for us.
In whatever case you consider yourself in, Canada plays a big part in who you are as a person. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, this is where the word – DIVERSITY – comes in. This is our new beginning and with it we have to make ourselves aware of who has lived in this land way longer before us. We have to learn and respect our surroundings so that the true meaning of diversity can be brought through. We have the need to showcase our identities, roots and culture so that Canada and our society can become more rich and tolerable to what is considered different or unknown.
We are proud of who we are, we are grateful for being here and we need to educate and be more aware of what makes Canada so special to each and everyone of us.
Come and support your roots, country and/or yourself at Canada Day 2017! If you want to walk with us you’re more than welcome to! Register here : www.carnavaldelsol.ca/latin-american-week-events__trashed/canada-day-parade/
Maria Fe Velasquez