'A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God
for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.....
to be observed on the second Monday in October.'
Today, across Canada, families are gathering to give Thanks for the blessings we share. Central to this is the traditional Thanksgiving meal shared with family and friends.
We need to be reminded that is this not a reality for all of us. There are the poor and homeless for whom a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends is not a reality. At best, it is an act of charity and a meal with strangers. Having adequate food and shelter should be a right and not a privilege. Until we no longer have food banks in Canada, celebrating our blessing and bounty
should always fill us with a feeling of unease. We are a much blessed country, shaped not only by our three founding cultures but also a multitude of cultures from around the world. May it always be so.
The Labrador Flag
I will be flying my Labrador Flag today. My friend, Denis, brought it back from Labrador for me a couple of years ago. Since there is no Labrador Day holiday I have had trouble finding a nice occasion to fly it. I chose today. I am flying it in honour of Martin Frobisher, who explored much of Labrador and Newfoundland. It was Martin Frobisher, who held the first Thanksgiving Celebration in North America in 1578.