Friendsgiving is a mashup of the word “friend” and “thanksgiving” that refers to a large meal among friends eaten during the Thanksgiving season. The level of formality is dependent on the participants, but the word first appeared around 2007 as an informal replacement for the holiday typically spent with family. When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a time for family to get together, sit around a beautifully decorated dinner table filled with delicious food and talk about all the things in which they are thankful. But my family enjoyed one thing above all else… arguing. Now, I would love to use terms like ‘debate’ or ‘conversation’. But there was no debate and there were…

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st, the summer solstice, has been declared National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and we encourage everyone to join with us and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Currently, there is a lot of pain being felt across this great country and now, more than ever is a time to stand united and raise our voices in solidarity with our friends, coworkers, and loved ones. “It is time to lift each other up. We are so used to putting each other down, whether it’s through discrimination or racism or economic one-up-manship….It’s time to lift each other up.” Chief Wilton Littlechild, Commissioner on the Truth…

Let Your Pride Flag Fly.

June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions. The first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The uprising occurred after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar located in New York City’s Greenwich Village that served as a haven for the city’s gay, lesbian and transgender community. Police raids on gay bars were common, but on that particular night, members of the city’s LGBT community decided to fight back—sparking an uprising that would launch a new era of justice and revolution. However, it wasn’t until 1977 when Harvey Milk challenged Gilbert Baker, a veteran who taught himself to…

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