By Jessica Diamond
Canada Day is a time of celebration and reflection in communities across the country. We celebrate the rights, freedoms, and privileges that many of us enjoy but also reflect on our nation’s diversity in our past, present, and future.
First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples have lived in Canada far longer than the 155 years of confederation that we are celebrating in 2022. And just as this country was first inhabited by those diverse indigenous communities, it continues to attract a variety of peoples from across the world.
St James Town is an incredibly diverse neighbourhood where newcomers to Canada converge. Every time a new person or family arrives, they bring with them their own cultural heritage and this helps to continually redefine what it means to be a Canadian. On Canada Day, we recognize those differences as newcomers blend their old ways with the values of this country, and we celebrate the cultural mosaic of our communities.