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O Canada My Canada

O Canada My Canada

O Canada My Canada


The wind blew my kind ashore, but the native maples were here long before.

We are the settlers of settlements, the villagers of villages.

That is what we are.

Canada … a village of settlements; a nation.

Lower and Upper.

West and East.

North and South.

French and English.

Indigenous and immigrant.

Don’t be mistaken, for we do not settle.

We do not bend.

Our land is glorious and free.

You cannot scare away the villagers from our home and native land.

We will never settle.

We will never bend.

These villagers are bred and bleed to stand on guard for thee.

To you from failing hands we will burn the torch brighter.

For we are the villagers and the settlers of the villages and the settlements of this great land called Canada.

True patriot love.




  • Gita Badiyan / 22 October 2014 2:35

    So apt on a day like today! As villagers and settlers we shall stand strong and free! Thank you Dan for such a touching tribute!

  • Cindy Yu / 22 October 2014 4:23

    That was beautiful. What a day. And strange how in the midst of such violence happening to our capitol that it makes me feel even more protective and proud of this great country.

    • Cindy Yu / 22 October 2014 4:28

      Capital, not Capitol.

    • Dan Pontefract / 22 October 2014 9:39

      Thanks @Cindy … I’m in The Netherlands at the moment making me doubly homesick.

  • Denise Lamarche (@deniseducator) / 23 October 2014 10:09

    Beautiful! I know how passionate you are about this country so I am imagining how you were feeling when you wrote this all the way over there in Amsterdam! MIss you xo

  • roman picherack / 25 October 2014 6:33

    Yeah Dan !

    I was listening to the Hip this morning and it made me think of the great Pontefracts

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