For Andrei Antonenko, becoming a Canadian meant rethinking his relationship with police
"In Ukraine, police stop you, you have trouble."
This story is part of Becoming Canadian, a year-long project sharing stories of struggle and triumph from new Canadian citizens.
"In Ukraine, police stop you, you have trouble. [In Regina] police stopped me. I lost my direction and had to drive a couple of times around one block. They stopped me and asked, 'What are you doing?' Maybe they think I'm drunk. I was scared.
Police stop me, red and blue lights. I think my life is done.
Police stop me, red and blue lights. I think my life is done. But they were friendly, they helped me, they showed me directions and drove ahead of me and with lights. I felt like a kid."
—Andrei Antonenko, born in Ukraine. Lives in Regina, became a Canadian citizen on July 20, 2016 in Regina.