Updated: Jan 21, 2018
When I was in my 20s, 50 years old seemed a long way off. Now that 50 is a distance memory, I realize how relative age can be.
When Australia had its Bicentennial in 1988, celebrating the arrival of the First Fleet of British convict ships, I’m sure the aborigines smiled wryly at the celebration of a meagre 200 years. Regarded as one of the world’s oldest tribal cultures, archeologists and historians date these people back to millions of years.
When I was in Charlottetown on PEI and visited Province House, where the meeting was held which laid down the foundation for Canada’s Federation, I learnt of the struggle to unite all the provinces, indeed dominions.
This moment in time needs to be acknowledged and commemorated, no matter what age or culture is involved. It’s a rite of passage.