Activist Ryan Bellerose sees Israel as “a light unto nations” and a formula for success.
Specifically, the State of Israel, whose establishment Bellerose considers the “greatest human rights story ever,” can offer a blueprint for securing land and rights for other indigenous tribes around the world.
This connection between Israel and native peoples is personal: Bellerose, of Calgary, is a member of the Metis nation, which is recognized by the Canadian government as one of the country’s official aboriginal peoples.
Bellerose jokes that his friends call him “Rabbi Ryan.” He rose to prominence within Jewish circles when he launched a successful pro-Israel organization, Canada United With Israel) in 2013.
Ryan has lectured widely is the author of many articles regarding Israel and the Jewish people.