What's this nonsense of starting a petition to change the May holiday from Victoria Day/the Queen's Birthday to include reference to First Nations?
I can readily understand renaming the third Monday in May something else, but Quebec, which for a while called it the Fête de Dollard, has come up with a very good event to commemorate: the 1837-38 Rebellions.
Called the Journée des Patriotes here for several years, the holiday's name refers to the nearest thing Canada had to a revoltution. Taxation without representation and a number of other advanced ideas were behind the uprisings which ocurred in both Upper and Lower Canada. The upshot was a series of changes in relations between the Mother Country and the several North American colonies which resulted a few years later in a combined legislative assembly for the two Canadas, setting the pattern for Confederation two decades down the line.
If the Harper government were serious about remembering nation-building events from the past it would start here. But don't bet on it.