Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday today, and even as celebrations kick off around the country, several indigenous groups are staging protests.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, when Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick joined to form Canada, festivities organized by the government and communities took place in Ottawa and elsewhere.
On Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the next two Canadian astronauts. Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk will now join the Canadian Space Agency.
In the same event, guests Bono and the Edge performed, with Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, ending a 3-day tour in attendance.
The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, also celebrated his seventh and final Canada Day as the Queen’s representative in Canada. He was thanked by both Prime Minister Trudeau and Prince Charles for his service.
Elsewhere, and even on Parliament Hill, indigenous groups protested against the celebrations. They maintain that not enough has been done in reconciliation efforts, and that there is no cause to celebrate in what they see as 150 year of colonialism and mistreatment of indigenous peoples.
This follows a showdown between the RCMP and an Ottawa group over a teepee built on Parliament Hill as part of a “reoccupation” effort, that was eventually visited by the Prime Minister in an effort to lower tensions.
(Image: Government of Canada)