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‘Cancel Culture’s New Target’? Renaming Of Canada Day Events In Winnipeg Sparks Controversy

‘Cancel Culture’s New Target’? Renaming Of Canada Day Events In Winnipeg Sparks Controversy

Jenny Motkaluk, who’s running for mayor in the October election, ignited a firestorm when she said she’d be ‘celebrating Canada’s birthday because I love my country unconditionally’

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The decision to rename Canada Day celebrations in Winnipeg has divided people, including those running in the Manitoba capital’s October mayoral election, and led to debates over whether it constitutes “cancel culture.”

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It comes at a time when cities across Canada are figuring out how to celebrate the anniversary of Confederation while respecting the process of reconciliation.

Each year, Canada Day celebrations are held at The Forks, a historic site, events centre and green space at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in downtown Winnipeg. This year, though, the celebrations will be a little different.

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“We are reimagining a Canada Day, a new day, that includes a reflective, inclusive and fun day for everyone to come together,” says an events notice on The Forks’ website.

The celebrations, which news reports have said will be called “New Day,” will feature “spaces for healing, with Indigenous-led music, dance, and sacred fires,” food trucks and picnic spots, “family-friendly, multicultural entertainment,” including Indigenous games, a chalk and bubble station and an oral history tour with Indigenous elders.

The changes have…

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