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For Immediate Release
September 18, 2009
Ministry of Citizens’ Services
VICTORIA – Nominations are being accepted for the 2009 Provincial Nesika Awards, an initiative that recognizes outstanding contributions to multiculturalism, Minister of Citizens’ Services and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism and the Public Affairs Bureau Ben Stewart announced today.“Through these awards, we’re honouring the communities, organizations and individuals who work hard to bring British Columbia’s cultures together,” said Stewart. “Multiculturalism is an important part of our provincial identity, and we need to honour those who make strides in strengthening our cultural diversity and Aboriginal heritage.”
The Provincial Nesika Awards, now in their second year, are organized and sponsored by the Government of British Columbia and the Multicultural Advisory Council. Winners in three categories – individual, organization and community – will each receive $5,000 to acknowledge and support their achievements.
“As one of last year’s award winners, we realize how vital it is to recognize diversity in all facets of our lives,” said Tara Jordan of the Campbell River and Area Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association. “Our Youth for Diversity initiative has thrived since receiving the award, not simply because of the money we won, but because of the local and provincial exposure and recognition the award gave us.”
Nesika (Ne-SAY-ka) is Chinook jargon for “we, us, our.” It comes from a trade language used by many different Aboriginal linguistic groups along the west coast of North America. Chinook jargon was used extensively in B.C. during the 19th and early 20th centuries to help Aboriginal people communicate, first among themselves and then with European newcomers.
For more information, eligibility requirements or to download the 2009 Provincial Nesika Awards Nomination form, visit www.EmbraceBC.ca.
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