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Canada Denied Elena Citizenship. What Now?

By Meg

Canada has spoken: we are not welcome. We get it, and let’s face it, Canada is really not our scene. Reality is: we just want to be together. Being a family with citizenship in the same country would be a total bonus. Elena’s objective wasn’t to be Canadian, it was to be with me. All we want is a bit of safety, not to be separated, to be equals, to pursue our dreams, and know this amazing planet! We figure, we can get all that ourselves! We've done it on our own all along. It's really not up to anyone to bestow it upon us.

So... What Now?

F*ck em, we’ll go on!

We will always fight to be together. We’ve risked, and sacrificed, and fought so hard, on this never-ending journey home, that home has become kind-of irrelevant. It really is all about the journey, which -- as I’m sure you know -- is a metaphor for life, love, dreams.

We don’t want citizenship (or anything to do with) countries -- like Russia or Canada -- that systematically deny and erode people’s rights and dignity for any reason: who they love or how they live. And despite how they spin it -- as in Canada's case -- which just makes it gross. We don't want to participate in the propaganda, we just want to be together somewhere on this planet.

Elena Ivanova sits in melancholic contemplation of what’s next, and where to?

So, Elena is stuck being Russian. I am stuck being Canadian. And sure, they are both asshole countries when it comes to human rights and propaganda, but they can’t actually deny us passports (we hope). So, we will live from one country (not Canada or Russia) to the next, that lets us land. Unless, of course, they meet us with pitchforks and torches!

In Kyiv, we had no idea it would turn out to be this hard. We didn’t think about it in McDonald’s. We just held on tight and ran like hell. It’s been one heck of a run, and we’re still running! We might never stop. We may never be safe. But we are living life on our own terms, and we are free.

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