Canada Day celebrations returned to Regina this year after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
It was a Canada Day filled with fun, food, performances and love for the country. Hundreds of people lined the areas of Parliament House in Wascana Park on Friday to witness the celebrations.
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One of those participants was Daniel Schmidt, who says he had an incredible time.
“I’m hanging out, enjoying the sun, enjoying some celebration, this is a fantastic celebration,” said Schmidt.
The delay in public celebrations has made this year’s bash a towering effort. Carrie Hackel, marketing and communications director for Regina’s Canada Day committee, says there were hurdles in bringing this year’s celebration to life.
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“Unfortunately, in recent years we’ve lost more than half of our committee, so this year we’ve all had to do extra work to bring things together,” Hackel said. “We’re just really lucky that families can come out and just have a really nice day.”
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This luck is repeated by Schmidt.
“It’s been crazy but the beauty of being out there for Canada Day now is that we’re in the public eye and we’re all enjoying and celebrating Canada Day, it feels amazing… it almost feels like a new experience ‘ said Smith.
The day was full of fun for the whole family. Attendees were treated to performances ranging from concerts to dance performances to magic shows.
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The streets were also lined with many vendors and food trucks offering a variety of different options such as grills, hot dogs, ice cream and slushies.
But for some, Canada Day held more important meaning than just participating in fun activities. On a day dedicated to patriotism, it is important to remember Canada’s indigenous history and efforts for reconciliation.
Evan Whitestar, the Indigenous Advocate of Mother Teresa Middle School, was invited along with other Indigenous students from the school to Wascana Park for a First Nations drum and dance performance as part of the day’s celebrations.
“We have chosen not to celebrate Canada Day and to acknowledge or acknowledge all of the genocia that it takes to make it happen, but we have chosen to acknowledge our resilience as a First Nation community,” Whitestar said. “We found our education along with our culture and identity through our hallways and we choose to embody what we want to be.”
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