Monday, July 02, 2007

Some Thoughts On Canada Day!

I am proud of my Nation!

There are a lot of things to be proud about! These are my favourite things about Canada ......

  • Our Pioneer heritage , My ancestors were settlers and pioneers and I am proud of them.
Without the advantage of having property or wealth or assistance of any kind they came
from Germany and Scotland to build a life free of the European Class based privilege.
They came before there was a Canada and made their own peace and contracts with natives of the Huron nations. They were granted land rights by the local bands in the areas of the Luther Marsh and the Grand River near Doon. In exchange for produce from their farms they were granted the right to settle, to clear land and to hunt. They held a close relationship with the Huronian neighbours and shared in the work of sustaining their mutual communities including mounting defence against the raiding Iriquois from western New York.

  • Growing Up and Living in a nation where merit is determined by what you do as opposed to whose family you belong to. At least for the most part and with only a few glaring exceptions the ideal of earned respect as opposed to privilege still has weight in this nation.
  • Living in a Nation where the right to disagree and speak your mind is respected and understood to be necessary to real freedom.
  • Living in a Nation where most people understand that there is a shared responsibility in a civilized society and that it is necessary to honour those intrinsic commitments.
  • Living in a Nation that has A Proud History of Honouring it's commitments to Allies and Partners in trade. Even under difficult circumstances and in the face of criticism from the howling rabble of the world.
  • Living in a Nation where we have at least a fighting chance of defeating those who would undermine these noble aspects of our Society!
OMMAG

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4 Comments:

Anonymous fergy said...

Thanks Ommag:

7/02/2007 12:19 p.m.  
Blogger Balbulican said...

"Living in a Nation that has A Proud History of Honouring it's commitments to Allies and Partners in trade. Even under difficult circumstances and in the face of criticism from the howling rabble of the world."

Hmm. Well, we haven't done so well at honouring our commitments to our allies and partners, the First Nations, with whom we signed a number of treaties that we haven't been paying too much attention to.

7/02/2007 12:50 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

First Nations are part of this Nation!

Only historical revisionists deny that fact! Mostly arguing for improvements in their agreements!

7/02/2007 1:47 p.m.  
Blogger Balbulican said...

Well, you're partly right. Most Aboriginal residents of Canada are Canadian citizens, and Canadian law applies to most land under Aboriginal title. Treaties and claims are negotiated contracts BETWEEN nations. Not sure where you get "revisionism"
out of that.

In any case, my point was Canada signed these agreements with the many different First Nations, and unfortunately has not been honouring them.

7/02/2007 1:51 p.m.  

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