Ignorance is to arrogance what confidence is to conceit.
I've been around a handful of amazing people, a woman who never got angry, a lot of people, a lot of stupid people, a few bad eggs and one straight-up psychopath. And I honestly wish it had just been one or the other.
Not all of it.
There's a lot I probably shouldn't know.
A lot I do.
And a bunch that I don't know.
I know none of it matters. Because it's just matter.
This is my entry for the 50 word or less contest a local brewery is putting on:
My favourite Vancouver Island Staycation Destination is in my memories. Breathtaking places on this magical island melt my heart, mapped in my mind. Fun stops start when the puppy meets a salmon! Lunch with latitude to orcas. Meandering for mushrooms. And a benchmark of Bays is berry wine and bears.
It was challenging to keep it to 50 words (and in fact, I made it EXACTLY 50 on purpose!) but it was GREAT practice!!!
I usually don't care if I win, but it would be cool this time. Most of the prizes involve spending a couple of nights somewhere local and doing something local I've never tried! And food!
The Highway of Tears is a 725-kilometre (450 mi) corridor of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, which has been the location of many murders and disappearances beginning in 1970.
THE HIGHWAY OF TEARS ALSO INCLUDES 2,081 km (1,293 mi) OF HIGHWAY 97 and 543 km (337 mi) OF HIGHWAY 5.
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MURDERED OR DISAPPEARED IN MANY OF THESE LOCATIONS SINCE THE 60'S.
And probably before...
Q: Before you got involved, what did you know about Highway of Tears and missing and murdered indigenous women?
"I had no knowledge of the Highway of Tears. I was shocked that I hadn't heard of the countless women and girls that have been reported missing over the years. From there, my conversation with community leaders and various families of the victims lead me to take a crew up north to seek out the root causes of these cases.
Midway through the editing process, over 400 [missing and murdered indigenous] women were estimated to be missing and or murdered across Canada. By the time we premiered the film, the number was over 600 in March of 2014, then the numbers increased to 900 and now over 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada.
We cannot turn a blind eye to this."
Q&A with Matthew Smiley, director of Highway of Tears documentary
I was moved to Canada when I was 3 years old. Growing up in Canada and the United States in the 80's was a heyday for sure.
Canadian education seemed kinder and richer.
This country is cleaner. Friendlier.
US pop. 330,000,000+
Canadian pop. 37,000,000+
I often compare the two as one being the 'cool' tough older brother that everyone loves in highschool.
And the other the little sister that reaps the rewards of that.
Using a highschool analogy is fitting because I meet a lot of people within this country that have no idea what kind of monster the border separates them from.
And I love AMURICA eh!!!
Can't blame people for not caring about something they don't know exists.
I'm very grateful and fortunate that I live in this country.
But nobody's perfect.
There's a price.
The red on any flag in any country might as well be blood.
History is written in it.