Today is Canada Day, July 1st. For some of us the day is celebrated with pride in our national identity—wearing red and white; waving the maple leaf flag and singing the national anthem. For others it is a day of very mixed emotions as that identity includes the history of residential schools, murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and the unmarked burial sites recently discovered. Canada, as a nation, has not lived into its promises in the treaties and our prosperity is built on the subjugation of others.
There is a bittersweet pain in the midst of the celebration of this day. We are grateful to live in a country that is not at war and lives with relative peace. We continue to commit ourselves to walking with the Indigenous peoples of this land to seek reconciliation and justice for the inequities and pain of the past and those that continue in the present.
So today we invite you into a reflective remembrance of the ambiguities of our national identity.
- Thankful for the ways our nation has worked for justice in our land and around the world.
- Repentant for the pain caused by our ancestors and the continuing injustices today, particularly in relationship with the Indigenous peoples.
- Committed to shaping our nation in alignment with the love and justice of God for all people.
God of all nations, on this Canada Day we confess the ways we have not lived in your ways of justice, peace, truth and reconciliation. We pray for wisdom and guidance as we seek to live into right relationships with the first peoples and all peoples of this land. Help us to be the country that you have created us to be—peaceful, generous, and just. In your loving name we pray. Amen.