At six years old, I was too young in 1967 to remember much about Canada’s Centennial celebrations. But I could tell it had been a big deal from the many memories and images that lingered for years afterwards in our collective conscience, particularly those of Expo 67. I remember the commemorative Centennial coins designed by Alex Colville, as well as the special Centennial dollar bill, one of which I’d been given by my grandmother and kept in my dresser drawer.
I’ll admit I don’t sense quite the same vibe this year as we mark Canada at 150. I do know we are a much different country now – more mature, more confident, more complex. And we have lots to celebrate and be thankful for.
Months ago, as we discussed what stories to tell for Canada 150, members of our editorial team rightly pointed out that Confederation and all that has followed isn’t necessarily a subject of celebration for many of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. After some reflection, we decided to devote the cover story of the June-July print issue to the views of six Indigenous scholars, who tell us what a reconciled Canada might look like to them. See their story, and a full round-up of our Canada 150 coverage, below. Happy Canada Day.
Editor, University Affairs