Canada Day 2021

Following the devastating discovery of the remains of more than 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School, and the announcement of 751 unmarked graves confirmed to be on the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, we have updated our July 1 programme. Canada Day provides an opportunity to come together to reflect on our history and culture.

Please take some time to visit our webpage to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation and for a link to watch the National Film Board of Canada film We Were Children, by Tim Wolochatiuk.

This year’s Canada Day marks the first time since the pandemic began that many residents are able to see one another again. Join us as we look with optimism at our country’s future, while reflecting on its past.

This is a time to strengthen the ties that unite us, while taking a moment for truthful, reconciling, and inclusive discussion. On July 1, 2021, we encourage you to wear orange and display a message on your window in support of Indigenous communities in Canada.

6–7 p.m.
Open your windows and listen to live rooftop performances in the Ambleside, Dundarave, and Horseshoe Bay areas. You will be able to hear the bands, but you won’t be able to easily see them. To maintain physical distancing, please do not congregate in the area.

7 p.m.
Please take a moment of silence to consider all that we have to be grateful for, while reflecting on our history and how we can do better in the future.

Funded by the Government of Canada

Produced by the District of West Vancouver


Rachelle McCormack
Supervisor, Cultural Services