Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for

Toronto-St. Paul’s

Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for

Toronto-St. Paul’s


Canada Day 2017

Happy Canada Day 1-5-0!

As we celebrate, we invite all Canadians to join us in our journey of reconciliation with the First Peoples of Canada.

As Gord Downie said “We have 150 years behind us to learn from and 150 years ahead of us, and we better just get to work.”

Join us in Toronto-St. Paul’s for a Sunrise Ceremony at Wells Hill Park, and at noon for our Annual Canada Day BBQ – this year at Spadina Museum Gardens.


For 20 years, the St. Paul’s annual Canada Day barbecue has respectfully begun with a land acknowledgment and ‎Indigenous ceremony – this year we will do the same, but something is different.


This is an especially difficult Canada Day for a great many Indigenous people. While many Canadians will be celebrating on Canada Day, for far too many it is a reminder of our colonialist, racist past. I appreciate that so many of you have indicated you want to come out and have your voices heard. I hope you will all join us on July 1st as we gather on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the ancestral home of the Huron-Wendat – the Haudenosaunee and all Indigenous peoples whose moccasins have walked this land.


‎To tell your truths and share your stories.


As we mark 150 years since Confederation, it’s important for us to remember and reflect all aspects of our collective history. We need to remember that we are all #treatypeople and that Reconciliation isn’t an Indigenous issue – it is a Canadian imperative.


So please do come and help us start the day with a Sunrise Ceremony which will be led by Anishnabee Traditional Teacher Steve Teekens, and then join the afternoon barbeque ‎where Elder Frances Sanderson will lead an opening prayer and welcome to start our gathering in a good way.


It’s up to all of us to ensure the mistakes of the past 150 years don’t continue for the next 150 years.


Sunrise Ceremony:

Wells Hill Park

470 St. Clair Ave W


Saturday, July 1st, 2017

5:15 AM – 6:00 AM



Annual Barbeque:

Spadina House Museum Gardens

285 Spadina Rd, Toronto ‎


Saturday, July 1st, 2017

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM