There are times when the calendar shows us the ironies of life … or, at least, the juxtapositions. Today, June 21, is one of those days. However, it must be stated that our culture is slowly catching up. Cynics call it being politically correct.
Others call it waking up to the reality of the world in which we live. Is today a time to acknowledge discovery of new lands by European explorers several centuries ago, or is it a day to acknowledge the original men and women who walked this land?
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Monday nearest June 24 (the Nativity of John the Baptist), is commemorated as a holiday. Until recently, it used to be known as Discovery Day, honouring John Cabot’s discovery of the island of Newfoundland in 1497.