Why Bloom is Pausing our Canada Day Celebrations

Article was written in collaboration by: Jessica Regan (Sr. DEI Advisor, Bloom) and Vinciane De Pape (Lead, DEI Advisory)

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On May 27, 2021, the remains of over 200 children were discovered on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Indian Residential School grounds, situated in Kamloops, BC. Over a year later, that number has risen: the remains of between 5,000 and 10,000+ Indigenous children have been reported in unmarked graves across so-called “Canada.” If we reflect on the ongoing discovery of these unmarked graves, the broken promises of reconciliation from the Canadian government, and the whitewashing of Canada’s history (ie. the near erasure of any mention of the enslavement of Black and Indigenous folks, as well as racist practices such as the Chinese Head Tax, just to name a few), it’s not surprising that many organizations are opting out of celebrating Canada Day.

At Bloom, rather than recognizing Canada Day, we’re choosing to pause our celebrations to focus on reconciliation, and we encourage other organizations to do the same. For some, Canada Day is for pride and patriotism. But this begs the question: What could be more patriotic than making this a better country for all? If your organization has decided to join us in pausing Canada Day festivities and you’re looking for alternative ways to acknowledge July 1st, here are a few suggestions:

And for those who choose to celebrate Canada Day, we hope you dedicate the time to recognizing the land you’re on and acknowledging the work this country still has to do to be “True North Strong and Free” — which means free for everyone.

Article was written by: Jessica Regan (Sr. DEI Advisor, Bloom) and Vinciane De Pape (Lead, DEI Advisory)

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