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  • I come to another country not knowing the stories, the heroes, those who have impacted on the place. We are invited to a convocation ceremony. Someone is getting an honourary PhD. I don’t really know his achievements until they are listed, until a song is sung, until the Elders have spoken. I learn gradually what an important person this man is. It is a privilege to be here. Others are graduating so there are proud parents, siblings, relatives and friends. A transition, a ritual of which I now have so few. Important to celebrate these milestones in life, not just let them slip by unrecognised for how remarkable they are. Important to learn about heroes around the world, not just in my own country, not just the ones the media and Hollywood recognise. Elijah Harper congratulations, I am honoured to have seen your achievements rewarded.

    Elijah Harper, Cree Nation, survived residential school, politician and chief, raised an eagle feather to ensure First Nations people would be consulted before political agreements were made, many awards, a film and so much more.

    I am learning, travel does that to you.
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