Canada Day in Trent Hills

Trent Hills Virtual Canada Day

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Statement from County Warden Bob Crate on the confirmation of unmarked burial sites at a former Indian Residential School on the land of Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan

Cobourg, ON – June 25, 2021 – “We are all once again grappling with the painful confirmation of unmarked burial sites at a former Indian Residential School, with the Cowessess First Nation announcing a preliminary finding of 751 unmarked graves at a cemetery near the former Marieval Indian Residen­tial School in Saskatchewan. Long suspected and now known, this finding is one more instance of the many unmarked burial sites believed to be at former Indian Residential Schools across Canada. These confirmations continue to layer pain and suffering on top of generations of trauma, particularly for survi­vors of Residential Schools, and for families who have lived with the uncertain fates of children who never came home.

Every burial site confirmed at a former Indian Residential School is another truth unearthed about the horrific policies and practices that formed the foun­dation of the Indian Residential School System, and of the institutional racism that is not only historic but persists today against Indigenous peoples in Cana­da. Survivors have long spoken of unmarked burial sites at Residential Schools across Canada, and this was further reinforced through Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This is a truth of our colonial roots. As we reckon with this, as Canadians, Northumberland County pledges to contin­ue acknowledging these atrocities and to address the need for reconciliation with concrete actions.

As the Cowessess First Nation proceeds with the difficult work of identifying remains and taking steps towards healing, Northumberland County will lower flags to half-mast at all of our buildings for 24 hours as a sign of commemora­tion, respect and sorrow. Northumberland County stands with the Cowessess First Nation, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), and with all Indigenous communities, during this traumatic and emotional time.”

Here’s the schedule for the Day on Thurs., July 1



9:00 am

Create a festive atmosphere

Get creative by preparing a festive and colourful atmosphere. Be read to celebrate July 1st in style.


10:00 am

Have fun! – July 1, it’s all about celebrating! Check out our activities for family fun throughout the day. What are your favourite games? Share them with us using the hashtag #CanadaDay.


11:00 am

Let our history shine – July 1 is not only an opportunity to celebrate our pride in being Canadian, but also to (re)discover our country’s history and marvel at its splendour.


12:00 pm

Official Opening Ceremonies

Watch the official Launch on the Trent Hills Chamber YouTube Channel at 12:00 noon

Opening Remarks:

  • Lori Schuett, Chair of the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce will begin with the land acknowledgement that Northumberland County is located on the Mississauga Anishinabeg territory and is the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinabeg. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place.
  • Mayor Bob Crate – Welcome on behalf of the Municipality of Trent Hills with a special message about remembering and honouring the Indigenous victims of former residential schools in Canada.
  • Philip Lawrence, MP Northumberland Quinte-West
  • Hon. David Piccini, MPP Northumberland Quinte-West
  • Town Crier Tom Kerr
  • A special Trent Hills performance of O Canada

    1:00 pm

    Afternoon with Trent Hills Entertainers

    Watch the official Launch on the Trent Hills Chamber YouTube Channel at 1:00 pm

    Since we are unable to gather and celebrate Canada Day, we have recorded some of the traditional content for you to view virtually. The line up includes:

    • Trent Hills Fire Department on Fire Safety with Sparky
    • The three branches of the Trent Hills Public Libraries come together to share a poem celebrating all things Canada.
    • Musical performances by: Jane Archer; Pat Kelleher; Westben; Ken Tizzard; Phoxy Music and Shaun Savoy

    4:00 pm

    Festive Cook out for your family

    • A Salmon n’ Bannock Burger feast – Inez Cook, a proud member of the Nuxalk Nation, collaborates with Indigenous Tourism BC to present a delicious way to grill the bannock burger!
    • Glutton Burger by Ricardo – Offered in 2020 as part of the first ever virtual Canada Day celebrations, we’re bringing back the Glutton Burger by Ricardo. Create it at home with fresh, locally sourced ingredients!
    • Favourite recipes: Canada Day 2021 – Create a multicultural Canada Day feast by following these wonderful recipes featuring cuisine from around the world!

    8:00 pm

    Canada Day — Behind the scenes

    What goes on behind the scenes? Watch the evening program Lights on Canada Day on Canadian Heritage’s YouTube channel for exclusive behind-the-scenes access. From 8 to 10 pm (ET), during commercial breaks, follow Anne-Marie Withenshaw and tour the studio and backstage, see rehearsals as well as interviews with artists and industry insiders. Join us and experience the magic!

    How to watch from 8 pm to 10 pm (ET): Canadian Heritage YouTube

    CBC Television


    9:30 pm

    Canada Day Virtual Fireworks

    The grand finale for today’s celebration will be virtual fireworks show that can be viewed from wherever you are in Trent Hills.

    Downloading the Snapd Hub App from the APP STORE or on GOOGLE PLAY. Select the Trent Hills Canada Day from the list of events and at 9:30 pm point your device to the sky to view the virtual show.




    The word triumph suggests victory and is often used in the context of overcoming adversity. We selected this theme for our virtual fireworks given the difficult year we have collectively faced due to the pandemic and the brighter future ahead. However, there is a deeper tragedy that we wish to acknowledge, namely the thousands of children who were sent to residential schools and those who never returned. The fireworks display will include an Indigenous cultural segment to honour these precious lives and bring focus to a longstanding injustice that our nation must overcome.


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    Funded by the Government of Canada

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