So canada day is coming up, that day every summer where you try to avoid feeling some degree of disgusted/frustrated/awkward with the sudden surge of nationalism and patriotism you see all around your town.
We get it. You’re not alone.
This year’s gonna prove particularly unbearable, with plenty of millions of dollars being directed into meaningful cultural activities to discourage you from thinking about all those shitty things the canadian state continues to do.
To keep you from diving too deeply into a pit of self-loathing, or to help you step away from arguing with your uncle on facebook, here are some things to do or check out this weekend.
First things first
Music always helps me get in the right state of mind, so try going over the rest of this here post with the soft sounds of Hamilton’s Lee Reed.
…And you can see Lee Reed IRL if you check out Saturday’s “150+ Years of Occupation, Exploitation, & Genocide” event being hosted by the fine folks in the Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu. Along with Mr. Reed you can catch speakers Suzanne Patles of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, as well as Melissa Elliott from Six Nations. For more details, you can check out the event’s facebook page.
If you’re in and around Toronto, you’ve got a few ways to join with others in rage against the settler-colonial state.
Montreal’s Convergence des Luttes Anticapitalistes is organizing an anticolonial and anti-imperial demonstration on Saturday. The march will start at 11am at parc Place D’arme. The plan is to disrupt the day as much as possible because “there is no pride in living in a country built on stolen land; a country accumulating riches all these years through the brutal exploitation of the resources here and everywhere else. There is no pride in living in a country that marginalizes Indigenous people and migrants”.
The Anti-Racist/Anti-Fascist Response Committee of Solidarity Across Borders Montreal is also organizing a counter-demonstration to some racist patriotic fuckbags who are seeking the approval they never received from their parents by attempting to “defend the border” on July 1st. Get in on the vehicles leaving from Montreal to help ruin their special day.
If you happen to be out west you can check out the Unraveling canada/Re-weaving Our Lives gathering happening on Denman Island, there are bound to be plenty of conversations and mischief to help further the project of dismantling canada.
CLAC-Montreal, as well as others, have also made a state-wide challenge for people to get into the streets and play a very special version of capture the flag. It’s kinda like Pokemon Go, but more fun and potentially better exercise – catch ’em all!
In addition to our demonstration, we encourage you to also organize other actions.
There are symbols of Canadian colonialism all around us: Canadian army buildings, cannons, military museums, government offices, Hudson Bay Company stores, prisons, courthouses, parliament buildings, city halls, offices of CSIS and the RCMP. Let’s be creative!
Fun activity to do with your friends on July 1st: gather all of the Canadian and Quebec flags that you can find. There are lots of things that you could do afterwards around a nice bonfire. Additional challenge: replace the flags that you’ve found with more appropriate ones, such as black flags. Hours of fun!
Go decorate the streets with your friends!
Get creative! Grab a couple pals and decorate your neighbourhood. If you’re not great with paint, you can print out some posters! In whatever you do, be sure to follow Montreal Counter-Info’s handy guides to stay safe.
You can also email us at nocanada[at]riseup[dot]net if you’d like some free stickers mailed to you to put up around around town.