Celebrating Canada

It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers, especially when it often feels like they are all society wants us to see. Although numbers can easily, and sometimes adequately measure growth and progress, it’s imperative that we remember that that is all that they’re for. Though we celebrate birthdays and getting good grades, the celebration should be less about the actual number, and more about the journeys we’ve embarked on in order to achieve them. Even then, numerical values can be a painfully black and white portrayal of what could be shown in vibrant colour.

Is it possible to celebrate something, or someone, simply because of who they are, or who they hope to be?

For example, take “Canada 150”. For us Canadians, anyways, this event has been heavily publicized, and lauded as an extremely important milestone for our country. However, all that was born one hundred and fifty years ago was the Confederacy; a system which perpetrated numerous wrongdoings. People have inhabited this place that we have only recently dubbed “Canada,” for much longer than the recent publicity has been portraying. Theoretically, the number of years that people have been in Canada is closer to 15,000 than the mere 150 that is continually being mentioned. Additionally, the land we reside on has been here for even longer than any of us. So what do we celebrate: Canada 150, Canada 15,000 or another number which we can only approximate?

As a country, we are so much more than a few digits. Why don’t we celebrate our country in its entirety, instead of focusing on a number? Canada's not-so-new history, the strength of its first inhabitants, its slow growth over time, the experiences of its older generations, and the dreams of its newest citizens are worth more than any other value has ever been, and will ever be.