A brave new day, a brilliant country, a national holiday, a celebration of pride, joy and togetherness. This great nation, molded and blended, nurtured and cherished. A great Canada, a fabulous notion, a clever and brilliant place. Multicultural you, with freedoms and rights. The freedom to live without violence, to live in neighbourly contact with people of different nationalities, the right to live without arms and to protect yourselves, keeping your community safe and secure..
The laws protect our culture but still frees us from oppression. No tyrants or dictators, to enslave us. The contract with the people is peace among us, no cultural quarrels or religious disputes. An age old negotiation that protected these rights, have been handed down and protected, for hundreds of years. Multicultural Canada, with its birth in French and English culture, both completely different, yet somehow it works. Hammer out the contract, write the laws, guarantee the freedom. The evolving wisdom of ages past, becomes the fulfilling society of our present. Strong and united, the worlds peoples share this land. From ancient aboriginal ways to the escaping refugee, the weave of a mosaic of multicultural heritage enhances our lives, gives us richness in people and culture and ingrains an intelligence of peace among us. United in freedom, mutual caring, the sharing of this country is our shining past, our fabulous present and our brilliant future.
We are unique in our history. A land of harsh and somewhat unconquerable climate, of difficult terrain and a short growing season. A majestic land of wild forests and tumbling rivers, of curious peoples and language barrier. Still, the nation was won through negotiation and peace, love and marriage, barter and exchange. The cultures blend, learn and accept, we are all different, we are all one. Our wise past is still our present, still our future, still our bright and shining star. That star that guides us and beckons us to follow, into your unique and inspiring country. Into your fellowship and merciful negotiation, into the nation of democratic law and democratic peace.
Hail, oh Canada, as the years roll by and the world changes, the battles die and the wars subside, into your dreams of international peace, where all peoples live under the shelter of laws of freedom. Peaceful freedom, oh multicultural you. Write your songs, sing your hearts out, brilliant praises to our national cause.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
July 8, 2016