Recognizing what we have here at home

With Canada Day coming up, it’s important to recognize how lucky we are

What is happening to the U.S.?

It seems like every time we turn around or blink an eye President Donald Trump is at it again making more headlines. This time, he made a pretty big one.

Many immigrant kids have been living their worst nightmares, being separated from their families at the border.

Already, we can hear audio recordings of the screaming and cries of kids separated from their mom or dad, enough to make one break down themselves. It’s a horrible reality the U.S. is facing all because of one man. Trump, of course, blamed all of this on the Democrats.

He later stated that the U.S. will not be a migrant camp.

This goes to show how great our country Canada really is. We accept people from all walks of life and embrace one another no matter what the circumstance. With Canada Day coming up, it’s important to recognize how lucky we are to live in such an accepting country.

With that said, many Americans are outraged. One couple took it upon themselves to raise millions of dollars to help reunite the families who were separated.

With all of this taking place, it’s important to recognize what we have right here at home.

This week in Red Deer and across the country, World Refugee Day is being celebrated. It’s a chance for fellow Canadians to engage with newcomers and learn from one another, something that’s very important in today’s world.

It’s something that’s been seen in Red Deer through the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.). Refugees who have come to Canada have been learning the Canadian way of life, embracing those cold winters, learning to skate and learning about the culture here.

Various free activities will be taking place across town, with the hope that it will lead to a more welcoming and inclusive community, embracing diversity.

That is after all what our country is known for – diversity and acceptance of one another.

If you come across somebody who is a refugee, shake their hand, ask them how their experience has been so far in Canada and how they are doing. It truly does make all the difference to get to know one another. Learning about other cultures and other people is something that should be done, not just on World Refugee Day but every day. If we can learn to get along with one another, the world would be a better place. If only it was that simple.