Lesson #181: Canada Day

Today is my country’s 143rd birthday. Yay!

Canada Day celebrates the enactment of the British North America Act, which, on 1 July 1867, united the two British North American territories of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (which they stole from the French about 100 years prior in Le Grand Derangement — see my lesson on the Acadians) and the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada into one big dominion of Canada.*

The holiday became a statutory holiday in 1879 and was called Dominion Day until 1982, which, not coincidentally, was when the Canada Act was signed.

As a side note, apparently Quebec has its own holiday on 24 June.**

*Minus Newfoundland, which wasn’t a province until 1949.

**More information here and here.

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