Welcoming angels unawares


Last updated 3/13/2017 at 3:41pm

The Bemidji Pioneer

Since January, over 400 immigrants have braved freezing weather to walk for miles across the U.S./Canadian border seeking refugee status in Canada. Claimants are processed and then taken to immigrant welcome centres where staff assist with finding housing, language classes and assistance in finding employment.

I wish I could have been there when the first ship rolled in

Too bad we had to wait so long for knowledge we needed

when they decided to take their newly discovered land, no matter what the cost....

-Three Feathers

These lines are from a poem I discovered in some old Indian Life files. Ever wondered what it was like for the Indigenous peoples of this land to stand on the shores of North America or the islands of the Caribbean, and watch the first European settlers sail in? Aliens from beyond the horizon? More than 500 years have come and gone since then and the negative far outweighed the...

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