Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement to recognize Canada Day:
“This year, Canada Day comes at a time when we have much to be grateful for and even more to reflect on.
“By looking out for one another, Canadians have pulled through one of the most challenging periods in our country’s history. Now, we can finally see the end of the pandemic and a return to normal life. With BC’s Restart carefully moving forward, it is safe to come back together with some of the friends and loved ones we have been missing.
“This turning point is possible because people here in British Columbia and across the country stepped up in a common purpose. Canadians did the right thing by following public health advice and guidance. We made extraordinary sacrifices to protect our families and communities. And now we are being immunized in record numbers, because we share a belief in science and an understanding that vaccines are safe and effective.
“While we have seen the best of who we are as Canadians during the pandemic, we have also been recently reminded of the intergenerational trauma inflicted by colonialism and the systemic racism that remains a lived reality for too many. It is clear we have much work to do to ensure we live up to the ideal of Canada and our shared values of fairness, kindness and generosity.
“On Canada Day, let us reflect on the whole of our history and, for future generations, face these harmful impacts head on.
“Let’s commit to meaningful actions of reconciliation and to moving forward in true partnership with Indigenous peoples. Let’s pledge to do more to welcome and include people who come here from all over the world, recognizing diversity as one of our great strengths. Let’s have the difficult conversations and do the hard work, because a more just and inclusive Canada is worth the effort.
“By working together, I know we can build a country where everyone feels they belong, and no one gets left behind.
“We are also standing with the people of Lytton and all communities facing dangerous fires. Our emergency services are doing everything they can to keep everyone safe, and our entire government is focused on helping people and communities at this critical moment.”
Released by BC Government