We know in our bones that Canada was built by people from all corners of the world who worship every faith, who belong to every culture, who speak every language. We believe in our hearts that this country's unique diversity is a blessing. ~ Justin Trudeau
It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she's something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of. ~ Emily CarrIt was just a few hours into July1 - our Canada Day and already, the sky was celebrating with some fireworks of its own.
What does multiculturalism mean to these people-and to me? It means a presumption that society will accommodate forms of cultural expression that do not violate our society's core values. These include the right of a Jew to wear his kippa, a Sikh to wear his turban, a Muslim to wear her headscarf, or a Christian to wear a cross pendant. ~ Justin TrudeauPeterborough is a multicultural city. An accepting city. A respectful city. Multiculturalism was the theme, and the events were organized by the New Canadians Centre on this July 1st. Our Canada Day celebrations began with a parade, which happened in the rain, and therefore without me and my camera. But when the skies cleared, there were all sorts of activities to enjoy in the park. I unexpectedly met up with my dear friend, Carol Anne at the park and we spent some time together.
I don't even know what street Canada is on. ~ Al CaponeNeighbourhood homes were all decked out for the event.
Canada is a nation of people who came from somewhere else. ~ Microsoft EncartaRed is the colour of our flag's maple leaf so you're going to see an awful lot of it throughout these photos. Here, kidlets were enjoying climbing on the hose sculpture at Del Crary Park - living up to our nickname of "hosers!"
We see the refugees who feel that they have a special duty to give back, and seize the opportunity of a new life. Like the girl who fled Afghanistan by donkey and camel and jet plane. And who remembers being greeted in this country by helping hands and the sounds of robins singing. And today she serves in this chamber and in the cabinet because Canada is her home. ~ Barack ObamaThat beautiful smile belongs to Maryam Monsef - the Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha as well as our country's Minister of Democratic Institutions. Twenty years ago, at the age of eleven, Maryam, her mother and two sisters escaped the Taliban and came to our country. They settled in Peterborough where they had family members living. You Americans might recognize her from when Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto were in Ottawa late last month for the North American Leaders' summit, which was quickly dubbed the Three Amigos' Summit. President Obama referenced the Honourable Maryam Monsef in his speech as quoted above. Peterborough is mighty proud of her - with good reason.
In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect. ~ Bill ClintonWhen the music began, this group of four had all the moves. Note the woman on the left, considering joining in.
Canada has never been a melting pot, more like a tossed salad. ~ Arnold Edinborough.It didn't take her very long.
Wherever you go in the world, you just have to say you're Canadian and people laugh ~ John CandyA bit earlier, I had seen this group rehearsing their routine.
In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations; it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir. ~ Stuart KeateAnd now it was time for them to perform on stage.
Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it's doing in the Maritimes. ~ Tommy DouglasSome of the kidlets weren't all that interested. Note the beaver (our national animal) tail on the child's t-shirt. I never got a look at the front but I'll bet it had orange teeth.
I'd be prouder still to say I was Canada's 10th woman prime minister. ~ Kim CampbellThis little girl was very interested in the dancing and had some pretty smooth moves of her own.
Canadian money is also called the loony. How can you take an economic crisis seriously? ~ Robin WilliamsThen along came this purple onion who offered to dance with her.
When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, 'Well, what do you need?' ~ Steven WrightA natural reaction. Onions can make me cry too.
Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them. ~ Pierre TrudeauA group of east Indian children took the stage next with their routine.
The music continued but Carol Anne and I decided to have a walk around.
A Canadian is merely an unarmed American with health care. ~ John WingVenders were selling all sorts of merchandise. This bowl of colourful bracelets caught my eye.
We'll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us. ~ Andy BarrieAs did these vibrant tie-dye dresses.
A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe without tipping it. ~ Pierre BertonThe afternoon events ended with somebody hauling out this canoe-shaped drum. Everyone was encouraged to fall into the rhythm of the beat or to create their own sound.
By now, dark clouds were rolling in and it began to sprinkle on and off. Carol Ann and I had each walked to the park from our respective homes in opposite directions, both about twenty minutes on foot. We figured we should make our way home, lest we get caught in what promised to be a huge downpour. I hurried on my way, readying a plastic bag for my camera in case I didn't make it on time. I arrived home completely dry, closed the door behind me and looked out the window to see that it was just pouring buckets. I texted Carol Anne indicating how I missed the rain by mere seconds, and hoped that she had also. Just as I hit "send," her cross-posted text came in telling me pretty much the same thing. We couldn't have timed it any better if we had tried.
There's always a lot to see around this city. I'll have more for you next time.