Happy Canada Day!
This is Canada's 142 year.
This video I thought was a cute celebrations of things Canadian, appropriate for today. I love the line about if you want to become a Canadian the first two things you must do is "Give up your gun , , , buy a canoe."
Below is an instrumental version of "O, Canada" with the lyrics in English and French printed on it. Over the years the lyrics have been dickered with. Over all I like the lyrics as being modest and celebratory of our vast country. I like that it is not filled with militaristic and nationalist references as so many National Anthems are.
At first I considered a rendition by Celine Dion. She began fine at first with respectful modest tones but later soared with lots of vocal coloration as only Celine can do. This might be appropriate in the land of "with bombs bursting in air",but it is too over the top for we more modest Canadians.
It is interesting to know that "O Canada", both the tune and the lyric were created by French Canadians. Here is it's history. http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/ceem-cced/symbl/anthem-eng.cfm#a2
Canada's youngest region is Nunivut, the vast Arctic region of the Inuit people (this is redundant as Inuit means "the people"). Inuktitut is one of the official languages and spoken widely among the Inuit.
Below is a version of " O Canada" with the lyrics in Inuktitut in both the Latin alphabet and syllabics.
I trust everyone will have a wonderful Canada Day. It is good to live in such a beautiful country and be part of a Nation which has become so well respected in the World. By most international measure Canada is one of the best and most progressive countries in the World.
In our history, we have steadily improved as a country. We need to continue to hold ourselves to a high standard for there are many more improvements which need to be made.
May we always be to the "True North strong and free".