On Canada’s 143rd birthday

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. – Albert Einstein

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. – The Dalai Lama, September 2001

Peace is not the destination. It is THE WAY. – Unknown

I am a descendant of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A Macdonald.

Sir John A Macdonald

To be perfectly truthful I am not a direct descendant. My great grandmother Annie Macdonald was Sir John A’s niece which means he was actually my great great uncle. I am in fact, a direct descendant of Sir John’s father.

Sir John had a dream to forge a huge country called Canada and during his period as prime minister two rebellions ensued, the Red River Rebellion in 1869 and the North-West Rebellion in 1885, both led by Louis Riel due to unresolved grievances of the Metis people in what is now Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Many were killed and Louis Riel, now regarded as the father of the province of Manitoba, found himself at the end of a hangman’s rope.

Louis Riel

In the process of the European economic conquest and confederation of Canada the native peoples lost all sovereignty over their traditional lands and became second class citizens in the new country of Canada.

As a descendent of Sir John A Macdonald’s family and the family of humanity I hereby claim the right to speak for a new vision where justice, peace and co-operation is our foundation for relations amongst all the peoples of our planet.

Many Canadians like to think of their country as a peace loving one. The reality is quite different. Just talk to a native person. Truly study your history. Watch how your country is investing heavily in armaments.

You don’t have to look very far to notice that the economic system which drove Europeans to grab the Americas and colonize half the world is still alive although it is at this moment on very shaky legs.

Sir John’s vision of a country born of two founding nations, the English and the French led to a policy of Bilingualism and Biculturalism. How blind can we be? If only we had learned more from the native cultures who were here before us.

Chief Dan George

Here is a portion of the Lament for Confederation, a 1967 poem by Chief Dan George. It should be on the reading list of every student in the Canadian school system. It regrettably, is not.

“How long have I known you, Oh Canada? A hundred years? Yes, a hundred years. And many many seelanum (moons) more. And today, when you celebrate your hundred years, Oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land.

For I have known you when your forests were mine; when they gave me my meat and my clothing. I have known you in your streams and rivers where your fish flashed and danced in the sun, where the waters said come, come and eat of my abundance. I have known you in the freedom of your winds. And my spirit, like the winds, once roamed your good lands.

But in the long hundred years since the white man came, I have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea. The white man’s strange customs which I could not understand pressed down upon me until I could no longer breathe.

When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed his way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority.

My nation was ignored in your history textbooks — they were little more important in the history of Canada than the buffalo that ranged the plains. I was ridiculed in your plays and motion pictures, and when I drank your fire-water, I got drunk – very, very drunk. And I forgot.

Oh Canada, how can I celebrate with you this Centenary, this hundred years?”

-Chief Dan George

 

Instead when I was in school starting at the tender age of 6 in first grade we were made to robotically sing “God Save The Queen”, in which are the unforgettable lines:

    “Send her victorious, happy and glorious
Long to reign over us, God save the Queen.”

Which to me means that you are pledging to fight wars for the British queen, just to keep her happy and glorious and the empire strong.

The time is now. The old ways don’t work anymore and Mother Earth needs your help.

Become the peace you want to see in the world.

I gratefully accept your comments and feedback,

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About Dev Khalsa

Welcome my friend! My name is Dev Sarang Khalsa and I am a visionary scientist, yogi, master kinesiologist and entrepreneur. I have a passion for following the path of the heart.

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