Canada Day in Newmarket-AuroraPublished on July 06, 2021
Happy Canada Day! As we gather with friends and family, let’s do our part by continuing to follow public health guidelines. Our fight isn’t over and we must do everything we can to maintain the great progress we have made as a province. Each year, Canada Day offers a chance to reflect on our country, its past and the many opportunities that lie ahead.
There is no question that Indigenous peoples have suffered injustices throughout Canada’s history. Recent discoveries of unmarked graves at residential school sites in British Columbia and Saskatchewan are the most recent testaments to a tragedy and represent a devastating loss of Indigenous life and culture.
So, as we each mark Canada Day, I ask that we all take time to remember these children, mourn their loss and acknowledge the impacts of the terrible legacy of residential schools that continue today. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to work toward a better future.
After all Ontarians have sacrificed so much during the COVID-19 pandemic, this Canada Day is also an opportunity to give thanks to our countless health care heroes and celebrate brighter days ahead. It is because of the tremendous efforts of Team Ontario, including every Ontarian who’s rolled up their sleeve to receive their vaccine, that we’re able start returning to the many things we’ve missed so dearly. To each and every one of you, I want to say a tremendous thank you. Together, we will emerge from this crisis stronger and more united as a province and country than ever.
From my family to yours, happy Canada Day.