Some cities have already canceled or postponed their Canada Day plans, and pressure is now growing for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call off national celebrations.
Here’s where things stand.
Activists are planning demonstrations
Cities have halted celebrations
A number of local governments across the country have postponed Canada Day festivities this year, while some have called them off altogether.
Other leaders are using the occasion to reflect on Canada’s fraught and complicated history.
“This Canada Day, we invite you to contemplate Canada and to take action,” Ryan added.
National celebrations are so far going ahead
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau so far has not announced plans to cancel national Canada Day celebrations, the biggest of which occurs in the country’s capital of Ottawa.
Trudeau addressed the recent discovery of unmarked graves at a news conference last Friday, saying that this Canada Day would be a reflection on the country’s achievements, as well as the work that remains to be done.
“With Canada Day coming up next week, a lot of people I think will be reflecting on many different things,” Trudeau said at a news conference last week. “Reflecting on the really tough year, we just had with Covid-19, how much we lost, how much we learned, how much we’ve been there for each other through difficult times.”
He continued, “But at the same time, many, many Canadians will be reflecting on reconciliation, on our relationship with Indigenous peoples and how it has evolved and how it needs to continue to evolve rapidly.”
Erin O’Toole, leader of Canada’s main opposition Conservative Party, opposed calls to cancel Canada Day festivities, saying that the nation could admit its shortcomings while still celebrating and committing to do better.
Asia Despatch’s Paula Newton contributed to this report.