Okay, okay, we know that Canada isn’t perfect. No country is perfect. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t thankful every day to live in a country that values equality and respect for all. Plus, we have amazing food, talented entertainers and the most beautiful landscape in the world. So that’s awesome too.
There were lots of moments in 2017 that made us proud to be Canadian, but here are just a few that made us especially weepy. Sorry not sorry.
1. When Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary
This year marked the sesquicentennial of the Canadian confederation and was celebrated by Canadians across the country. From free admission to our stunning parks, to concerts in cities big and small, to a giant duck that had nothing to do with Canada but was still fun to look at, this year’s Canada Day was celebrated all year with amazing events.
2. When the Obama/Trudeau friendship made us feel like everything was going to be okay
When the Obamas left the White House in January, it quickly became evident in the US and around the world, including Canada, that the next four years were not going to be full of ‘hope.’ Thankfully, the former POTUS and FLOTUS have maintained their friendship with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Former (tear) President Barack Obama grabbed dinner with Trudeau in Montreal earlier this year, while in November we saw Michelle Obama and Grégoire Trudeau completing the Justice League we need by eating at Gusto in Toronto.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 7, 2017
3. When Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale dominated award season
Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood had more than just a moment this year when the adaptation of her 1985 novel dominated awards season, taking home eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. Missed the groundbreaking show? Stream the first season now on CraveTV.
4. When Canada hosted the third annual Invictus Games
This year we saw incredible acts of sportsmanship and the overcoming of adversity at the Invictus Games. Injured members of the military from around the world came together in Toronto to compete in Prince Harry’s annual event, with athletes from 17 countries competing in 12 games. Invictus Games Ambassador and Canadian comedian and actor Mike Myers beautifully put into words why these games are so important not just to members of the military, but to their families as well.
5. When the country mourned Gord Downie
Even though we knew it was coming, the death of The Tragically Hip frontman, poet, actor and philanthropist Gord Downie still sent shock waves throughout Canada and beyond. While Downie’s death represented a hole in the heart of a country, the outpouring of love for the late singer, as well as the inspirational way he lived his life to create art and a better world for others, will not soon be forgotten. Watch The Tragically Hip’s documentary Long Time Running now on CraveTV.
6. When Bernie Sanders visited Canada to see our healthcare in action
US senator Bernie Sanders has long been a vocal supporter of the Canadian healthcare system and this year he accepted an invitation by doctors and Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne to learn more about our health care and hopefully make some impact on the current US system.
7. When we got a new Heritage Minute
The beloved Heritage Minutes returned this year with the first fully animated addition to the series. This year, Historica Canada brought to life the history of Toronto’s Kensington Market, and praised communities across the country that have been built by people from all different countries coming to Canada to make it their home.
— Historica Canada (@HistoricaCanada) October 25, 2017
8. When Canadians took over the Grammy nominations
When the 2018 Grammy nominations were announced there was a collective cheer heard throughout Canada. The late Leonard Cohen was honoured with a nomination for his work, as was Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan, and The Weeknd. Justin Bieber earned four nominations thanks in large part to his work on the 2017 smash hit “Despacito.” As for the future of Canadian music, it’s never looked brighter. Newcomers Alessia Cara and Daniel Caesar both earned multiple nominations in their first year making it to the Grammy scoreboard.
9. When Canada responded with open arms to those fleeing the Syrian war
To date, Canada has provided $1 billion in relief efforts to the Syrian war refugees and resettled 25,000 refugees, with Prime Minister Trudeau promising to further increase relief efforts over the next three years. Canada’s efforts to help those displaced by war have not only improved the lives of those fleeing Syria, but also improved the lives of Canadians across the country.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 11, 2016
10. When the Canadian Forces had the best response to Trump’s trans ban
After declaring that all transgender members of the US military would be removed from service, the Canadian Forces responded by reminding the world of their stance on inclusion.
— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) July 26, 2017
11. When every day people did amazing things for their fellow humans
Each year we’re inspired by the stories of people helping their neighbors in Canada. In 2017, we saw many incredible instances of every day kindness with people going above and beyond to help those in need. From a charity that is helping Toronto’s homeless access clean clothes, to a woman who lent her car to strangers so they could finish a race, to a bus driver who stopped to help a woman in distress, there’s no shortage of moments to restore your faith in humanity if you look around.