Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted 

Although racism and discrimination is rampant, I remain steadfast and confident that the best way to change the world is to change and grow yourself. I was moved by my cousin Cazhhmere’s newest project “Deeply Rooted”. It’s a documentary film that chronicles her perspective of growing up as an Indigenous African Canadian living and growing up in multi-cultural Toronto with deep Canadian family roots in Halifax. Although Cazhhmere made her mark as a hip-hop urban music video producer the future is bright for her film making career as well. I’ve never been more proud to be Canadian feel blessed and thankful to be born a citizen multi-generations deep.

(Left) Cazhhmere Downey, Direct or Die Creative (Right) Jerome  Downey, DMF Energy Inc. January 28th, 2017 (Toronto,ON)

February 1st, 2017 

Statement by Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada on Black History Month

Thoughts On Canadian Values 

Canada is a sanctuary to the arts, we see the world through a different lens, we are the crown jewel of the Royal British Monarchy, it’s land vast, resources endless it is said that by the year 2100 there could be over 100 million Canadians. I think the most important Canadian value and document we have as citizens is encapsulated in the Constitution Act of 1982 and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As Canadians we should move beyond race, religion, class and gender.

Nationalism, regionalism and identity politics after 30+ years still dominate and divide us within the political narrative. I think collectively we need to remember Canada’s Progressive Conservative roots. As citizens we need to empower and protect our individual freedoms. The world needs Canada to be a strong leader and will never reach our true potential if we promote a culture of entitlement, dependence and mediocrity.This type of thinking is dangerous and should be thwarted.