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  • O CANADA

  • IN ALL THY SONS? IN ALL OF US

  • RESTORE OUR ANTHEM

RESTORE OUR ANTHEM

WHY RESTORE OUR ANTHEM?

WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.

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Our anthem by the numbers

34
Million proud Canadians
1980
Year O Canada adopted as Canada's Anthem
63
Words in O Canada
2
Misplaced words in the anthem

History is herstory too.

-- Author Unknown --

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Canadian patriots in their own words

RT. HON. KIM CAMPBELL

Canada's first and only female Prime Minister

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RT. HON. KIM CAMPBELL

HON. DR. VIVIENNE POY

Retired Canadian Senator

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HON. DR. VIVIENNE POY

SALLY GODDARD

Sally Goddard, Educator & Co- Founder, Nichola Goddard Foundation

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SALLY GODDARD

MARGARET ATWOOD

Canadian Author

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MARGARET ATWOOD

HON. NANCY RUTH

Canadian Senator

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What our supporters are saying

  • Kudos to @MargaretAtwood for trying to change Canada’s awful national anthem. But “sons” is just the beginning… http://t.co/agv3B5OHPX

    Doug Saunders, International-Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail
  • Restore Our Anthem. Restore the original inclusive wording of O Canada. http://t.co/taBobUbTWf #OurCanada

    Rob Wiebe, Internationally recognized Canadian Nature Photographer
  • @MargaretAtwood So behind your quest to change back the national anthem great call. #Canadian #Egalitarian

    Tamara Levitt, Founder of Begin Within Productions
  • MT @JillKrop “change lyrics to Canada’s natl anthem ?” @WilliamShatner “in ALL OF US command” works well. let’s embrace it!

    Raffi Cavoukian, Troubadour, writer, children's champion
  • As a Canadian immigrant, and as a woman, I love the words “all of us”, and I would love to give voice to those words in our beautiful anthem. O Canada — strong and free, for all of us.

    Olivia Chow, MP, Trinity–Spadina
  • If society is so unwilling to change two words in our anthem, how are women supposed to campaign for bigger issues? #OurCanada #cdnfem

    Sara Ostrowska, Editor-in-chief @TrentArthur
  • Restore Our Anthem. Restore the original inclusive wording of O Canada. http://www.restoreouranthem.ca #OurCanada

    Sandra Hawken Diaz, VP at Canadian Women's Foundation
  • #FF @OurCanada. Well past time to restore original gender neutral words of our national anthem. Lend your vote of support. #cdnpoli #women

    Penny Collenette, Former Senior Fellow at Kennedy School Harvard. Adjunct Law Professor at UOttawa. Former Senior Director PMO + VP Chairman's office, George Weston Ltd.
  • Restore Our Anthem. Restore the original inclusive wording of O Canada. http://www.restoreouranthem.ca #OurCanada

    Senator Linda Frum, Canadian Senator
  • IMPORTANT @CBCTheNational Restore the original inclusive wording of O Canada. http://www.restoreouranthem.ca @OurCanada #cdnpoli #inclusive #Goddard

    Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MD, MP St. Paul's
  • Restore Our Anthem. Restore the original inclusive wording of O Canada. http://www.restoreouranthem.ca #OurCanada #equality #wordsmatter #inclusion

    Richard Leblanc - Governance lawyer, educator
  • Words matter. Tell the Cndn gov’t a national anthem that doesn’t recognize women has no place in Canada http://www.restoreouranthem.ca/ #OurCanada

    Match International, Canadian organization that places women's rights and empowerment as central to successful and sustained development in the Global South
  • @Sudbury_Steve I wouldn’t disagree. Also, great Canadian correction. See we should change wording to reflect reality! #OurCanada

    Robert Kiley, Green Party of Ontario candidate for Kingston & The Islands. Christian activist.
  • YES!! RT @YWCAToronto: Will you join @MargaretAtwood @AKimCampbell for a gender-inclusive national anthem? http://ow.ly/pqaNg #OurCanada

    Ann Decter, Writer, feminist, activist, director of advocacy & policy at YWCA Canada.
  • #OurCanada This is a no-brainer. All thy sons? Citisons? All of us, of course. Sing it loud and proud. My wife, sisters, mom, nieces…us.

    Wayne Johnston, Canadian Author
  • I support this change. One of my first recollections of the anthem was non-inclusive ‘sons’. http://www.restoreouranthem.ca #OurCanada

    Ted Mallet, VP & Chief Economist, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Restore Our Anthem. http://www.restoreouranthem.ca #OurCanada

    Ed Hand, Radio Personality, 1310 News Ottawa
  • Canada was built on the actions of risk-takers — women as well as men. This is our real heritage and it should be reflected in the powerful instruments and symbols of national consciousness. Gender differentiation in this context is a thing of the past.

    Belinda Stronach, President and CEO of The Stronach Group, founder and chair of the Belinda Stronach Foundation and a former Member of Parliament
  • Canada is just two words away from an anthem of equality and inclusion. This is our chance to reflect all our nation’s people.

    Ramon Lumpkin, PhD, President and Vice-Chancellor Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax
  • Our national anthem should reflect the women and men who have led and sacrificed to shape our history ‘Restore our Anthem’ is right about what needs to be done.

    Senator Hugh Segal, Canadian Senator
  • The momentum building to have our beloved national anthem reflect our reality is something we should all support, especially when it is the original words we are trying to support. It turns out the original language of the 19th century spoke directly to the 21st, so let’s unite our past to our future and let’s do it. Now!

    John Fraser, Master of Massey College
  • I very much support the campaign to change the words of O Canada back to its gender neutral words. As much as possible in our society we should strive to treat men and women as equals.

    Paul Copeland, CM, LSM
  • The time is right to make our National Anthem inclusive with a simple return to the original lyrics.

    Margie McCain, Former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
  • Perhaps the best argument for bringing O Canada into the 21st century is the fact that if our government doesn’t do it, ordinary Canadians will.

    Jonathan Kay, National Post
  • As a singer/songwriter, I can appreciate that words have power. I’ve witnessed the way fans respond and identify with lyrics that speak to them in meaningful ways.

    Jully Black, singer
  • Although Canada’s public schools are trying to eliminate sexism from the curriculum, every morning when “O Canada” is sung in English, half the population is effectively excluded

    The New York Times, July 15, 1993
  • In short, “O Canada” is neither a part of the Canadian Constitution, nor a holy relic discovered in the Canadian Shield. It is, rather, a living document that has been changed to reflect the realities of Canadian culture. Even its original authors recognized that.

    The Huffington Post, May 24, 2013
  • My personal response when I sing the national anthem is that I do not sing that line. It is my own silent protest. I am certain there are many other women who protest that way.

    Glenda Simms, president of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • Making a small change to the lyrics of our national anthem doesn’t undermine our tradition. It preserves it.

    Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio personality

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We have answers

Questions?

Our government has many important issues to deal with; however, government is also expected to be able to deal with multiple issues at any one time. The amendment of the National Anthem Act is one of many social changes that might be raised, the fact that it exists among other issues, does not make it any less significant or important.
In our opinion, change never stops and Canada never stops evolving, nor should it. The question shouldn’t be, “where does it stop?” but rather “where does it start?”. An amendment of the word sons in our National Anthem is one that is not meant to alienate, but rather incorporate, every person in this country who identifies themselves as Canadian – a definition that has changed significantly over the years and will continue to do so.
We agree. But we also recognize that the National Anthem is a living document much like many of the other symbols of Canada that have been amended over time to reflect present day. O Canada is something that represents our country on a global scale and should therefore be inclusive and indicative of our population and our attitude towards them. Restoring the anthem to reflect its original version is the simplest way to encapsulate the equality of all Canadians.
We strongly believe that issues do not need to be dealt with one at a time. Every small win for equality contributes to a larger goal to fully establish women as equals in Canada. Our support of this issue does not come at the sacrifice of other women’s issues but rather in support of them.
Because women do not face the same struggles as women of the past, it is often perceived that gender equality has been achieved. In actuality, women are still facing gender equality issues every day. Our National Anthem should reflect what women of the past fought for and like them, we should not settle for the status quo, but rather continue paving the way towards an inclusive Canada.
We have a feeling if the word was ‘daughters’ it would be taken literally. At the end of the day, we are hoping to amend two words of our anthem to paint the picture of a national who views all genders as equals.
Any historical copies of O’Canada would remain. Currently, the anthem is available on the Canadian Heritage website and any official re-printing costs for materials provided to schools or other organizations would be very minimal. For the most part, lyrics to O’Canada are displayed digitally on government sources or for broadcast at events.
The lyrics we are proposing, ‘in all of us command’, are very close to the original version, ‘thou dost in us command’ and have the same meaning. However, the words have been updated to current English proper. The proposed change also reflects previous recommendations of amendments raised in 1986 and 2002.

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