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Lessons Learned: Freedoms, rights not taken for granted
Dinah Ceplis, semi-retired adult educator/agricultural extensionist. Made 15 trips to Tanzania to do rural agriculture work with Assiniboine Community College between 1993-2011.
Africa is one complex and gloriously unmanageable 'theme' to choose to kick off our 2012 series, Our City Our World, which is why it took up the whole newspaper on Jan. 18.
Hard-working Chinese immigrants, once banned, have risen to the highest echelons of Manitoba.
German immigrants have played a surprisingly large role in the development of the province.
Arriving in Manitoba in the 1870s unprepared for a brutal winter, Icelandic settlers and their descendants have left their mark on our province.
Industrious Italians rose from peasant roots and adapted to Canadian society by mastering L’art d’arrangiarsi (the art of getting by).
It used to be the only time Prairie folks met Spanish-speaking people was when they vacationed down south. More often now, they're the people next door.
When the first Middle East families immigrated to Manitoba, mosques were unheard of and even yogurt was exotic. But now all that has changed.
A booming Filipino community nearly 60,000 strong has transformed Manitoba.
As the city's Indo-Canadian population experiences dramatic growth, its pioneers recall their warm Winnipeg welcome.
Scarred by Holodomor, the Ukrainian community helped shape Winnipeg's cultural mosaic.
Manitoba's history is built on a foundation provided by settlers from the U.K., who came here seeking better lives.
"As a result of my time in Africa, I now consider my consumption in many simple daily actions and the consequences on the environment. Basics like clean drinking water, locally grown food consumed in season, access to efficient cooking facilities and electrical lights at night -- these are things I appreciate. Turning on a hot-water tap here prompts an image of a Tanzanian woman carrying a five-gallon pail of water on her head and a bundle of firewood on her back.
In addition, I value the knowledge that socially constructed gender roles can and do change over time and across cultures and that supporting women's empowerment is a necessity for effective development. The freedoms and rights that I have as a Canadian-born woman cannot be taken for granted and continue to need cultivation and protection from erosion by political systems."
-- compiled by John Longhurst
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2012 A2
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