8 songs that call Canada’s troubling history into question

Oh, Canada?

July 1, 2019

We just celebrated Canada Day, and though there are a number of things to honour when it comes to our country’s legacy—poutine, Neil Young, basketball—within that history is also a fair share of under-discussed shortcomings and perspectives.

It’s not easy to admit, but our continued mistreatment of indigenous communities, tendency to turn a political blind eye to anything standing in the way of our international “nice guy” persona, and occasionally amnesia when it comes to our population’s cultural diversity are unfortunately just as much a part of our identity as maple syrup and Alanis Morisette, and deserve to be debated and criticized just as much.

These problems aren’t anything new, and thankfully, a number of politically-minded musicians from the Great White North have not only noticed, but taken it upon themselves to shed light on the more unsavoury aspects of what it means to be Canadian. This Canada Day, in honour of the underrepresented communities and perspectives housed within our borders, we’ve rounded up 8 songs that broaden the definition of how to be the “Good Canuck” we all claim to be.

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