Today I just received my new 10 year Canadian passport. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful watermark pictures found on all the 35 pages within. As I studied the photo's I realized that they all depicted important events in Canadian History. Events that mean so much to Canadians. Events that shape our country into what this great nation is today.
Lets take a brief look at the new passport. Page 5 is where it starts. "Symbols of our Aboriginal people," well at least they got the first picture page, little compensation for years of mistreatment. Pages 6 and 7 Samuel De Champlain in honour of the French, to appease our French folk. Pages 8, 9, "Fathers of Confederation" who made Canada a civilized country. Pages 10, 11,"The last spike in the railroad."
On and On and of course there is hockey and Saskatchewan grain fields. All in all the passport is very attractive and it is very impressive, however, it is not what is in the new passport but what is not in the passport that disturbs me.
When Canada was being formed who took care of it's first inhabitants? Who opened the first hospitals and the first schools? These people and what they believed in are being throw aside. Have we all forgotten where our laws came from? Have we forgotten where all the beautiful art in the Renaissance and Baroque came from? Who supported this art, who commissioned the great works of Leonardo DaVinci?
Now days we focus so much on the bad things people or institutions do, that we forget all the good things they have done and continue to do, so much so that all the greatness that our nation was built upon never even made it into a lowly passport page.