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LETTER: One-word change in anthem part of ‘healing process’

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Mar 5th, 2023
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‘If a large number of Canadians would feel some healing and validation by changing one word in our national anthem, I vote yes’ says letter writer
From BarrrieToday, Letter to the Editor Photo:Canadian flag, 

The following letter is in response to Jeff Monaghan “Why is it such struggle to  admit the truth” published Feb. 28. 

After reading the (column) regarding a one-word change to the national anthem, I’d like to say I’d vote yes to that.

I feel strongly that as Canadians we all should support the healing process of our fellow Canadians, the first people to be here.

I say fellow Canadians because though it may have been thrust upon many, we are all here now, such as it is. By regarding Canadians as “them and us,” we divide ourselves instead of treating each other as neighbours. If one of us is in trouble, we are all in trouble.

We all belong here. Let’s help each other out.

As humans we tend to make efforts for those we consider to be part of our family, our community, our country — people we relate to. It’s time to be one people looking out for each other.

So, if a large number of Canadians would feel some healing and validation by changing one word in our national anthem, I vote yes.

Valerie Verhey
Oro-Medonte


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