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‘No reason to celebrate’: Canada Day muted as country reckons with dark colonial history

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By Steve Scherer OTTAWA (Reuters) – Multiple cities scrapped Canada Day celebrations on Thursday after the discovery of hundreds of remains of children at former indigenous schools sparked a reckoning with the country’s colonial past. Calls to scale back or cancel celebrations snowballed after, beginning in May, almost 1,000 unmarked graves were found at former so-called residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, that were mainly run by the Catholic Church and funded by the government. Traditionally the holiday is celebrated with backyard barbecues and fireworks much like July 4…

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