As the Canadian military’s Afghan mission wraps up, the mainstream media daily reminds us of our so-called achievements in Afghanistan. Very little is being said about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s determination to militarize Canadian society and culture.
Canada Day mostly commemorates the War of 1812. Americans invaded Canada to conquer the country and kick the British out of North America.
Tecumseh led aboriginal soldiers – alongside soldiers of the British army – and defeated the Americans. He was killed in action fighting the Americans in October, 1813, at the Battle of the Thames.
Tecumseh died defending Canada. So why not commemorate him properly?
Granted, we have public schools bearing the great man’s name. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship HMCS Tecumseh too. But, considering Tecumseh’s pivotal role in the creation of Canada, all the current – are not enough. They’re too invisible to the public. Until the day they are featured in the press, of course.
As a new immigrant, I’m completely sold on Canada’s values. If strengthened at home and extended beyond our borders, these values would make this world a better place. But I’ve had very little of Canada’s history.
Changing Canada Day to Tecumseh Day would be a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to one of Canada’s proudest moments. It would teach us all about the ernomous contributions and sacrifices aboriginal peoples made to make Canada the greatest country it is.
Mostly importantly, changing Canada Day to Tecumseh Day would guarantee that I or another person of color would be properly acknowledged if we gave our all for Canada.