Canada has spoken: we are not welcome. Okay, we get it, and let’s face it, Canada is really not our kind of party 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, to adventure on our sailboat and see some of the world that denied us landing all those years ago, when we fled for our lives across half this amazing planet.
We will always fight to be together. But we’re giving up on the Canadian immigration optics game. 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. The simple fact is that neither of the countries we came from want or welcome us (and people like us), and we don’t really feel like crashing a party where we’re not welcome or wanted.
We don’t want citizenship in (or to take part in) a country — be it Russia, or Canada — that systematically denies and erodes people’s rights and dignity, be that because of who they love, or how they live. We just want to be together somewhere on this planet.
So, Elena is stuck being Russian. I am stuck being Canadian. Sure, they are asshole countries when it comes to human rights (although, Canada sure does pump up the optics-spin to make it look like they care), but they can’t deny us passports… yet. So, we will live from one country to the next that lets us land. Unless they meet us with pitchforks and torches!
In Kiev, we had no idea it would be this hard. We didn’t think about it in McDonald’s… we just held on tight and ran like hell. It’s been hard, and we’re still running. We might never stop running. We may never be safe. But we are living life on our own terms, and we are free.
We have taken back our lives, and we encourage others to do the same!
We refuse to be made lesser by how we choose to live, and whom we choose to love… essentially we refuse to be victimized or play the victim role for anyone or their games and optics. It is because of this — more than anything, we believe — that countries, like Russia and Canada, try to hurt us and people like us with such a precision.