Monday, March 25, 2013

Reasons to be proud of being Canadian


Journey of Nishiyuu
it began with a vision of a wolf facing a bear

      The 1,600 kilometre Journey of Nishiyuu began with a vision of a wolf facing a bear and ended its epic climax Monday with a final march on Parliament Hill.
                            David Kawapit, 18, says the walk has helped him and others deal with
                              personal struggles including depression and suicidal thoughts. (CBC)
 
      I, for one, am immensely proud of these six young Canadians from the Cree Nation at Whapmagoostui (on Hudson Bay): Stanley George Jr,  Johnny Abraham,  David Kawapit,  Raymond Kawapit,  Geordie Rupert, Travis George and their guide Isaac Kawapit. 
     They have been an example to all of us in their dedication and personal sacrifice to demonstrate their cause.
     Whapmagoostui is the northernmost Cree village in Quebec, located at the mouth of the Great Whale River on the coast of Hudson Bay in Nunavik. Years ago, I lived several weeks in Moosonee which is on James Bay south of their community of about 750 people, and I know how cold it can be (like minus 50 degrees) and how desolate it is. I only walked from my cabin to the weather station twice a day and that was long enough trek for me. 
     I am not impressed with our Prime Minister who chose to fly from Ottawa just before their arrival for a photo-op with two Pandas.


Thousands gathered in front of Parliament Hill to hear the six
 youth who began the journey speak. (Andrew Foote/CBC)


THIS PAGE OF MY BLOG IS DEDICATED TO THESE FINE YOUNG MEN AND TO THOSE WHO JOINED THEM ON THEIR TREK.

My hat is off to you guys - I hope you don't have to walk home.


The 7 Warriors video

 Miigwetch!

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      I am also proud of the people in Vancouver who were deemed to be the darkest city in the world on Earth Hour day.

       People in more than 7,000 cities and towns across the planet turned off lights for an hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time. It may not actually DO much for the enironment, but it does show that most of the people in the world DO CARE.


     But  then there are a few people, not to mention Ezra Levant (of Fox/Sun News) specifically, who seem to live on a different planet.

     Local conservative commentator Ezra Levant says he was “very proud” of Calgary city’s Earth Hour indifference - there was no drop in power use.

    “Calgary loves energy, and isn’t ashamed of it,” he tweeted.




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