Saskatchewan Celebrates Multicultural Week
News Release – November 16, 2012
The Government of Saskatchewan and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) have partnered once again to proclaim November 18-25 as Multicultural Week in Saskatchewan.
Multicultural Week in Saskatchewan is celebrated every year in November to recognize the diversity of Saskatchewan’s growing population, encourage respect for the vast multicultural heritage in Saskatchewan, foster a climate of harmonious relations among people with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and encourage the continuation of a multicultural society in Saskatchewan. This week also commemorates Saskatchewan being the first province to introduce multicultural legislation in 1974.
First Nations settled here long before Europeans and, along with Métis, made an historical and significant contribution to the development of Saskatchewan. Today, representing 15 per cent of Saskatchewan’s population, First Nations and Métis continue to play an important role in building our province.
Saskatchewan’s population has reached an all-time high and immigration has been one of the greatest contributing factors. In 2011, Saskatchewan saw the arrival of newcomers from more than 100 countries, making the province’s population even more diverse.
“By preserving, strengthening and promoting all cultures and ethnic communities, we can shape our future and build an even stronger Saskatchewan,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “I encourage Saskatchewan residents to join us in celebrating multiculturalism as we recognize the many benefits that our diverse and growing population bring today and into the future.”
Ways to Welcome Saskatchewan Multicultural Week, an informational handout created by MCoS, is once again being distributed to Saskatchewan schools to mark this week and let people know how they can participate in celebrating Multicultural Week. For copies and to learn more, please visit www.mcos.ca.
“Saskatchewan residents can be proud of the progressive ideas included in the Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act,” MCoS Executive Director Rhonda Rosenberg said. “Whether we are new arrivals, have several generations of roots here, or have known this land as home since time immemorial, the Act confirms the value of cultural diversity to the province. MCoS honours the contributions of all Saskatchewan residents. This year we give special appreciation to volunteers in and from the multicultural community. The commitment, time, skills and opportunities to build new relationships continue to cultivate the unique culture of Saskatchewan.
“These dedicated community members explore and share their own cultures, reach out to connect with others to build the shared harmonious future that will benefit us all. The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan encourages everyone to practice the ideas of the Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act and Saskatchewan’s motto: From Many Peoples Strength.”
Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Kindersley, North Battleford, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Estevan have also proclaimed Multicultural Week within their communities this year.
For more information, contact:
Sean St. George
Parks, Culture and Sport
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan