For many Canadians, the start of 2021 was a beacon for better things to come.
After a long, hard 2020 dealing with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and great civil and political unrest around the globe, many people were looking forward to getting out in public once again and reclaiming some of the more vibrant parts of life, while also hoping for a quieter year on the news front.
But the year proved to be anything but uneventful. The pandemic sent us on more twists and turns with the discovery of new variants of the virus.
Thousands of unmarked graves were — and continue to be — uncovered on residential school properties across the country.
The 2021 Summer Olympics were largely watched from our living rooms instead of crowded bars or gatherings. And Canadians across the country dealt with extreme weather events that drove us from our homes or left us heartbroken and helpless as we watched from afar.
As a country, we continue to press on despite the hardship and unexpected events. We continue to take care of each other, mourn those we have lost, and love those still here with us.
The Canadian Press has shared some of the most captivating images taken by its photographers in 2021. While the tough times are undoubtedly evident in many of these images, there are also photos that remind us of the humanity and joy found in everyday Canadian life.
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