Canada 150+

canada 150+ logoThe Canadian confederation is 150 years old this year, and as we celebrate, it’s an opportunity to remind ourselves that the history of this country goes far beyond that, and that from different perspectives Canada’s birthday means different things.

With that in mind the plus sign in Canada 150+ has become a way to indicate inclusion of other perspectives as we mark this anniversary. The City of Vancouver has created a celebration called Canada 150+  as part of the city’s reconciliation program called Strengthening our Relations. The initiative is made possible by the three host nations: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Victoria has joined their own Year of Reconciliation with the collaboration of the Songees and Esquimault First Nations.

The #Resistance150 Project was created by Indigenous people to challenge the idea of Canada 150 and highlight Indigenous peoples’ resistance to colonization and assimilation from the time of the first Europeans arrival through to contemporary times.

It is important for all of us to hear different perspectives about our history and this land that we inhabit in order to fully understand and appreciate each other. However you choose to recognize this year, it’s worth exploring Canada’s history – 150 years and beyond, and our campus libraries can help you get started with a wealth of books and resources. Check out Kelowna’s Canada display to get started.

Further reading:

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/six-indigenous-scholars-share-views-canada-150

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/27/canada-150th-anniversary-celebration-indigenous-groups

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/science/prehistoric-humans-north-america-california-nature-study.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/archeological-find-affirms-heiltsuk-nation-s-oral-history-1.4046088

http://www.nisgaanation.ca/1913-petition

https://www.nfb.ca/wideawake

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