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Diversity has played an important role in Canada’s formative history.
Originally inhabited by Aboriginal peoples, immigration to Canada began with the French and British colonization in the 17th century. The trend continued through centuries and is still continuing. As a result, today, immigrants represent over 20% of the Canadian population and more than 200 languages were reported as peoples home language.
Canada was the world's first nation to adopt multiculturalism as official federal policy. This year, on Tuesday, May 10 at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., visitors from across the region will be celebrating the 14th Annual Multicultural Day.
Last year’s event attracted over 1,500 people from across Bruce County and over 30 participating cultures and booths with many more represented among the crowd.
The Multicultural evening is free and everyone is encouraged to come with family and friends.
In 1971, Canada officially adopted multiculturalism as "an inclusive citizenship" policy. This policy was enhanced in 1988 by the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.
Multiculturalism in Canada is a symbol that many Canadians carry proudly believing in “unity in diversity. As diversity became a reality of the labour market in Canada, Bruce Power attracted diverse populations from around the world. As a result, the surrounding communities of Grey-Bruce area have become diverse, especially considering their rural settings.
Communities in the area live in harmony and celebrate their festivals with the common theme of integrating families and friends and spreading the message of brotherhood, love and peace.
Passionate volunteers in Kincardine have initiated to celebrate the richness of diverse populations to foster respect and recognition for cultures with a main goal of bringing people together and strengthening community with the event that began in 2003 in Huron Heights School.
Over the years, this event has grown and is now supported by Bruce Power, the Municipality of Kincardine and local schools. The goal is to bring people together and strengthen the community by understanding the values, cultures, food, costumes and history of the different peoples in the community.
"This is one of the many ways we endeavour to make our community and Canada a better place to work and live," says Chandra Tripathi, event coordinator. "Let us make a commitment to work towards developing one single global family with peace, love and service."
Do not miss this FREE social event that is an opportunity to experience foods of various cultures and enjoy the entertainment of those cultures.
This year, there are 20 booths participating however accommodation has been made for latecomers so, if you would like to demonstrate your culture, contact 519- 361-2673 ext. 19274.
Doors open at 5:30.
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