Mayor Chalmers provides a message on Canada Day for all those reflecting on and acknowledging Canada's history today. Watch the video or read the transcript below.
While we are not gathering in person today, I want to acknowledge that wherever you are in Chestermere, we are on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. Chestermere is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Our Canadian history has some dark chapters, as evidenced by the discoveries of children lost at residential schools. On behalf of City Council, I want to express my deepest sympathies to all those impacted by that news.
It can be tough to celebrate when we have had trauma in our past. And I sympathize with those who don’t want to celebrate Canada Day this year.
While we have much darkness, and more work needs to be done, together, we are finding new ways forward. Imperfectly, but together.
Thank you for all you do to walk along side those who are struggling. Thank you for your dedication over the past 16 months of the pandemic. Thank you for protecting each other.
For many months, I have said that together, we can do it. And together we have. And together, we will.
And while we are flawed, it is that commitment to being stronger together that makes Canada - and Chestermere, still worthy of acknowledgement.
So whether you are reflecting on the past or acknowledging this day with your family and friends who can finally gather with you, I wish you a peaceful and healthy Canada Day.