BUILDING A GOOD FUTURE
What is Canada, and what might Canada become?
As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017, it is worth noting that this confederation is one of the world’s great political collaborations. At the same time, to many Indigenous peoples, it has not been so collaborative and thus not so worthy of celebration. Canada was once a place of tribes, then a colony, and then a country. As a nation, Canada became known as a place talented at problem solving, future building, and open to immigration — in many ways a model for the world. Lately, we have also become a country confronting a suppressed part of our history and that is now working to reconcile Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.
By 2017 there will be 38 million of us. On the threshold of this momentous anniversary, it falls to us all as Canadians to to consider where we are today, how we got here, and where we are going. Governments and the private sector have valuable contributions to make. However, they cannot take us into the future on their own. For that, we need the involvement of the community sector.
In proportion to the size of our economy, Canada’s community sector is one of the largest in the world. We are committed to building a country that is more innovative, compassionate, inclusive, and sustainable. We seek justice and reconciliation. We are also a vital partner in advancing public discourse, raising inconvenient truths, and taking measured risks that illuminate improvements to the status quo.
Possible Canadas is an expression of this commitment.
– Stephen Huddart, President and CEO, J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
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