Thousands of British Columbia people gathered around the state onCanada Day, but this year the atmosphere of the celebration was different.
After the discovery of unmarked graves nationwide last summer, the city of Victoria decided it was time to do Canada Day a little differently.
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Mayor A traditional indigenous canoe harbor before the celebration of Victoria's Canada Day across the Inner. It was the new beginning of Canada Day in the capital.
"Today, it really makes a lot of sense for the people of Lekwangen to do that," said Margaret Charlie, a member of the Council elected to the First Nations in Canada in Sonhees. rice field.
Along with the national anthem, a traditional dancer appeared on the stage and a silent prayer was held. This is in stark contrast to typical fireworks.
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"It's about having Western culture, and in our case, Lisa Helps culture coexists in these lands. Neither or both, and I think we're really looking at it today, "Lisa Helps told Mayor Victoria.
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The true theme of reconciliation was at the forefront throughout the state in other communities.
NDP leader Jagmate Singh attended the Canadian Day festival in Edmonds Park, Burnaby.
"We are committed to reflecting on the injustices committed by the country and ensuring that a better country is built," said James Singh.
While there is still much to do, according to NDP leaders, Canada Day sets a new step on the road to reconciliation and sets a precedent for the coming years.
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