German Pioneers Day
In 2000, Ontario was the first province to officially recognize the contribution Canadians of German ancestry have made to the province by proclaiming "the day following Thanksgiving Day in each year" German Pioneers Day. Thus "German Pioneers Day" is celebrated annually on the day after Thanksgiving at Queens Park in Toronto and at Kitchener's City Hall.
Enlarge image Choir performing at the 2012 German Pioneers Day in Kitchener (© Gerhard Griebenow)
There could hardly be a more eloquent explanation of the raison d'être of German Pioneers Day than the introduction to an article that appeared in the October 11, 2012 issue of The Record:
"Most Kitchener residents don’t need Oktoberfest to remind them the city was founded by German settlers. It was once known as Berlin after all.
But did you know that German immigrants built Toronto’s Yonge Street?
Or that German troops fought alongside the British in the American Revolution, and many of them followed their Loyalist path to settle Canada?
Or that German pioneers also started the first kindergarten in the country at what’s now known as Suddaby Public School?
Or that big thinkers from German families brought hydro electric power to the province?
In fact, Berlin (now Kitchener) was the first city connected to that power grid."
The full article can be found at: