Canada’s history as a country is rich, deeply fascinating and sometimes complex. Our historical relationship with Indigenous communities is mired with pain and trauma, but we honour the original peoples of this land by using Indigenous names and words for our cities, streets and schools. Immigrant communities - even those who have been here for generations - continue to experience social, economic and political exclusion to varying degrees; yet, our tradition of welcoming immigrants with open arms has made Canada one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Most recently, the Black Lives Matter movement shone a spotlight on how Black journalists are treated within different media institutions. From not being properly compensated for their work to being reprimanded for voicing their concerns about lack of diversity—the stories keep coming. But what’s deeply moving about this present moment is the support the journalists are receiving from Canadians for sharing their stories. We can never address problems of racism and discrimination if we’re not willing to listen, and these past weeks have shown that Canadians are paying attention. For that reason, for Canada Day, we’re recommending three podcast episodes that highlight stories that may fly under our radar, but play an important role in shaping who we are as a country.