February Month In Review (Snowfall, Life Lessons, Vet Visit, Wet'suwet'en Strong, Racism in Canada)

February Month In Review (Snowfall, Life Lessons, Vet Visit, Wet'suwet'en Strong, Racism in Canada)

I was thinking about writing my month in review. and I didn't think I had anything to say. I opened my weekly planner that I use for quick daily journaling and I realized that February was filled with a lot more that I remembered.  This is why I started daily journaling, I love jotting down snippets of my thoughts throughout the week.

We started out February with 45 cm of snow and my city really dragged their feet in removing it. It made walking to school pretty difficult, and parking was a mess. I'm at the point where I want winter to finish up. I know we don't have that many weeks left, but I'm just over it.

On Valentine's Day, my basset hound had a cyst burst and his shoulder swelled up really bad. He has quite a few cysts and this isn't the first time one burst, but this one looked worst. I thought we would have to put him down. We took him to the vet and they reassured us that it wasn't serious and we did all the right steps. Some dogs are just prone to cysts, and his breed is one. He's still on antibiotics but he's trying to steal food again, always a good sign for my dog. Watson would trade us for a treat any day.

Bookwise I read 5 books, and that's because I've been closely following Wet'suwet'en and the railway blockades. This issue has really opened my eyes to the misconceptions that non-natives have.  Mainstream media keeps pushing this narrative of Indigenous vs working class and it's really Indigenous vs government. Those railway lines are blocked because of politics and Nations fighting for inherent rights. At the time that I'm writing this, a proposal has been offered to the Wet'suwet'en people but it doesn't seem to solve anything about the pipeline and the RCMP.

While the misconceptions of Indigenous people in Canada has really surprised me, the racism that I've seen has truly changed me. When you're scrolling through an article and 10/10 comments are negative that does something to you. When you see people blatantly being racist, when you see political leaders telling Indigenous protestors to "check their privilege" it's eye-opening.  People I've known all my life are commenting and laughing at this situation. I can't unsee what I've seen. A big life lesson for me is knowing I can't force people to think differently. I can't force them to learn the true history of Canada but I can speak to those who are willing to learn. I still have hope that future generations will be closer to solving these issues. I'm really trying not to focus on these negative comments and trying to see the positive. The solidarity between Nations has been beautiful. I see this as history in the making, one step forward.


  1. I'm ready for winter to be over, too, but then I'll just be complaining about the heat. :/

    Racism and prejudices seem to so hard to overcome. I think they've become worse in my country because of our President and that horrifies me.

    1. I agree, it's a pretty scary time we are living in right now. What was once unacceptable seems to be changing.