Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time to bring Madiba’s values to Canada

National, international and intimate respects have now been paid to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. As his body now lays to rest in his childhood village of Qunu in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa, I turn inward.

Back home for a few short hours before I depart again for a new UNESCO mission in Haiti, I am pondering Mr. Mandela’s true legacy, especially what it means for me and for Canadians, for all of us who care about justice, a better country, a saner world.

What can we learn from his life? How can we embody the values, just some of the greatness shown and lived by the man who spearheaded the struggle against the ominous crimes of apartheid? What legacy will we keep here in Canada?

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