A New Native Land

We are all humans. We all want to belong. In a world, where nothing is statically permanent, a sense of belonging is more than ever sought after.

A sense of belonging is usually found in a communal context, in a common history and in a shared interest. That being said, in a city, such as Toronto, where most people are no longer defined and restricted by narrow personal viewpoints and geographical territories, we can all now find a place to belong; a place that is far from our birthplace and native land.

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Yesterday, I came across a colorful gathering at a public square in downtown Toronto.

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Members of Canada’s Sikh community were there to attend Khalsa Day parade. Immersed in the South Asian crowd, as well as the smell of different spices that filled with the air, in front of me was a crowd of people, who were far from their ancestral birthplaces but had found a place to belong and to call their new native land.

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