By WE Staff

 

Bring Canada 150 to life with your friends, family and co-workers by taking action on issues that you care about. Join the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have committed to creating a more caring, compassionate country through the WE Are Canada campaign.

To get you started, here are some simple but meaningful ways to celebrate Canada 150 and its key themes: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation, youth and the environment.

 

Champion Diversity

  • Get out and meet people in your community. Take part in street or music festivals celebrating different cultures.
  • Defend a friend—or a stranger. Teach your kids to stand up to bullies, and have the courage yourself to step in if you see someone being targeted. Learn about the “bystander effect” and how your actions can make a difference.

 

Stand Together with Indigenous Canadians

  • When you host friends and family or a community event, take a moment to acknowledge the ancestral and traditional Indigenous land on which you work or live. Research your area through the Government of Canada’s site for Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
  • Some sports team names and mascots reinforce negative stereotypes that demean Indigenous peoples and cultures. Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about what you can do to take a stand, such as stopping the purchase of products with their logos on it, deciding to cheer for another team or starting a petition to change the name.

 

Empower Youth

  • Volunteer as a family in your community. Start small with a simple activity that fits your child’s interests and abilities, like a cleanup day at the local park or helping an elderly neighbour.
  • Become a mentor. A study by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada found that when a young person has a mentor, he or she will be 80 percent more likely to finish high school, 46 percent less likely to use drugs, 27 percent less likely to use alcohol, and 52 percent less likely to skip school.

 

Live Sustainably

  • Turning off the water while brushing your teeth pays off for the environment and your pocketbook. Leaving the tap running during the recommended two minutes of brushing can waste up to 19 litres of water a day.
  • Plant a tree to create shade, absorb carbon dioxide and add beauty to your yard. Choose one that is native to your area—this means it will have a better chance of adapting to the growing conditions in your neighbourhood and surviving.

 

How will you help build a stronger Canada? For more Canada 150 action ideas, visit WE.ca.