Message from Mayor Black on the Cancelling of Municipally-run Canada Day Activities – Canada Day this year will be a time for reflection.
As we collectively mourn the loss of Indigenous lives as the National residential school tragedy continues to unfold, Carleton Place has made the decision to refrain from celebrating Canada Day in a traditional manner this year.
As your Mayor, I have always been a fierce advocate of creating an inclusive community where everyone feels heard and respected. And right now, in this moment in our Country’s history, it is not a time to celebrate. It is a time to listen, a time to reflect, a time to acknowledge the pain experienced past and present by the Indigenous community and to offer support. By cancelling our scheduled Canada Day events this year in honour of those who are in deep mourning, we feel this is a step forward in that direction.
I would like to take a moment to thank our Recreation and Culture Department for their efforts to create a program for the community that respected the restrictions which would keep everyone safe due to COVID-19. It is unfortunate that we are not able to see those plans through to reality this year but I truly believe that we must act on our vision of being a community that is understanding and compassionate.
Mayor Doug Black