In early November 2019, Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro presented 18 year old Jordanian Canadian Yamaan Alsumadi with the 2019 Youth Leader Award, one of six Community Safety Awards granted each year, for her work as co-president of the city's Regional Multicultural Youth Council.
As Muslims in Canada watch coverage of the people of New Zealand showing support and solidarity with local Muslim communities after the terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand, they have also been learning more about the Indigenous peoples of New Zealand, the Maori.
When engaging in charity, we often think of people in other countries around the world as the only ones in need of humanitarian help. We ignore the needs of people - specifically the Indigenous communities - in Canada. The living conditions of Indigenous communities in Canada are as bad, if not worse, than many poverty-stricken communities in underdeveloped countries.
Humility is a great teacher, if we let it do its work. As a community figure committed to equity and social justice, I strive to continuously learn and often, that means learning from my own mistakes, however embarrassing.