Dear Members of Canada’s Founding Families,
On July 1, 1867 there were several million Canadians that called these beautiful lands home. They were the descendants of those first brave and courageous souls who had survived the dangerous journey to these shores. They then faced disease, extreme conditions, and starvation. They also had to learn to survive our harsh winters with little more than what they had on their backs and what they could put together with their bare hands.
Our own lineage is French, German, Scottish, and Algonquin. Our earliest ancestor arrived in 1647, as an indentured servant. Once married, he and his wife were to become known as the parents of the largest French Canadian family. There are also many families who were here long before that.
There is so very much for us all to discover and discuss. In order to do so, we must first discover who we all are. How many of us are there? What are our families’ stories? How many of us are related? (As are, Céline Dion, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling)
For those Canadians whose families settled the provinces and territories which later joined Canada, your ancestors settled and built the lands which became the Canada of today. If your family was present on the date which the province/territory joined Canada, you are, of course Members of Canada’s Families.
Our country was settled and built by pioneers; any other statement is simply false. (Please see Multiculturalism).
How do we feel about what is happening in today’s Canada? How do we believe our ancestors would feel? Are we making them proud and continuing their legacy?
In many cultures, people support and help each other, over and above the existing systems. There are many, many ways in which we can help and support each other. Together and side-by-side we will make the decisions on how to do so and work together to made them a reality.
Our ancestors only had each other; themselves to count on. If we fail to do this for ourselves; no one else will.
We will always take care of our own.
Let’s honour our ancestors and make sure that our history is never forgotten. Our children, grandchildren and all those to come after deserve to know their history and their family’s legacy.
We are a very important part of that legacy as we are tasked with: Protecting, preserving and furthering our history, heritage and culture.
This Little Canadian ©2013-2017