When I was a 7 year old boy attending primary school in Togo, West Africa we were introduced to Canada and saw an illustrated text books that featured Canadian attributes like the Eskimos, Igloos, Totem Poles, Fraser River, Vancouver Harbour and UBC.
Today I am in my mid forties and have been a Canadian resident for the last 17 years. When I landed in this beautiful country as a refugee and humble young man looking for a better future, I wished to make my place in this new country by exercising truth and positive minded persistence and hard work.
It took 11 years for me to gain my identity as a Canadian citizen. I understood my role and responsible commitment which were the key ingredients to make a difference.
Our role as Canadian citizens is not just to enjoy the privilege of an open travel document but to be active in our community and democratic process and help to build a strong and cohesive society with fair laws to mutually benefit everyone.
Our Government Leadership needs to give a voice and listen to the younger generations as they are now the driving force of our time as the baby boomers are heading into retirement. Today as never before in our world history the earth is much connected than any previous century and the need for attention and responsible commitment from every government leadership should be to combat against racism and corruption and exercise human rights with responsible legislation to foster a better world.
Today like never before in Canada’s history the Federal Government has committed to a true reconciliation and have opened doors to deal with some of the pressing issues we have with our First Nations Citizens. Every Community, City and Province, must also take advantage of this opportunity to engage, lead and solve some of the daunting shame issued and fostered and be very constructive in delivering a prosperous, fair and secure future for all because our humanity and all Canadian citizens are precious and valuable assets to the global nations.
Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
Bonne Celebration 150 Canada .