Mother Canada and Indigenous peoples as seen from England on Canada Day

What is this about this big statue your government is building….what’s it called? Mother Canada? From the pictures I’ve seen, looks ghastly.

I try to tell people here that I couldn’t agree more. Mother and Canada are two good words in their own right. To my mind, however, they just don’t go together. What’s more, the Mother Canada statue will apparently be reaching out eastward, toward Europe. Straining toward Europe by the looks of it. I wonder what the First Nations would think about that. And why Mother Canada’s planners don’t seem to make any reference at all to the earth that has been our real mother since we who are European background arrived on these shores.

My son and I took a 5-mile walk along the Cam river today, Canada Day. It feels a bit odd to be here, in England. Of the string of houseboats moored along the river, one of them was flying a Canadian flag. I took a picture. And I wore my Haudenosaunee tee-shirt. For me, at least now, being Canadian, which I am, has to include also some recognition of those other nations.

2 thoughts on “Mother Canada and Indigenous peoples as seen from England on Canada Day

  1. There is something sadly telling about Stephen Harper’ and his private business buddy’s support for a grey concrete and steel man-made structure of no artistic merit nor worthy meaning proposed to be erected on the natural granite beauty of Cape Breton’s Green Cove. Hubris and stupidity made manifest. Economic benefit cannot justify an abomination. And enough about war! It is humankind’s greatest folly! All those lost to all manner of violence matter. When will they/we ever learn, indeed.

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