Every Canada Day, for the past 20 years, we have planted small Canadian flags on the front lawns of homes in our Bracebridge and Gravenhurst communities. This small gesture reflects the immense pride and appreciation of being Canadian and living in this great country.
The recent discovery of unmarked graves on former residential school sites in Kamloops, B.C., and Cowessess First Nation, Sask., has shaken our nation. It has shone further light on the widespread and systematic abuse that Indigenous people faced (and continue to face) in our country.
While every Canadian is free to celebrate Canada Day on their terms, this year will be a time of reflection and observance and less about revelry for many. With this in mind, we've decided to pause this year’s flag-planting tradition.
By acknowledging and learning from our past, we can all aspire and work towards a better future.
Flags will be available at our Bracebridge office (100 West Mall Road) and our Gravenhurst office (1100 Muskoka Road South) for those who would like to put them up.