Cally Macri

Cally Macri

Third year Cultural Anthropology student at York University.

  • Cally Macri
    Published 3 years ago
    Canada Is 150?

    Canada Is 150?

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Canada as a country. I am sure that if you are a living in Canada currently, you were unable to escape the hype building up to July first. Taking into account that Canada Day also falls on a Saturday this year, and we had a country ready to celebrate and party. The issue is that not everyone in this country was willing to, or feels welcome to, celebrate. Predominately, I am referring to our country's indigenous populations. The feeling of a lack of a proper invite to the party can be simply seen in the age that is being celebrated: 150. Indigenous Canadian populations have had this land as their home for dozens more centuries than that. So, the confusion surrounding exactly what this celebration is celebrating is easily understood if you take a step back to see things from some uncommon perspectives. Today I want to explore this specific perspective of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and what it means to the Aboriginals that reside within this nation. On top of this, I wish to explore why these discrepancies between perspectives exist, and ultimately, what can be done to close the gaps and work toward a truly inclusive multicultural nation.