News Release - November 22, 2010
MULTICULTURAL WEEK IN SASKATCHEWAN
The Government of Saskatchewan encourages everyone to celebrate our diversity during Multicultural Week in Saskatchewan, November 21 to 28.
"Saskatchewan has a growing and increasingly multicultural population," Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said. "Each culture contributes to our province's strength, growth and our cherished quality of life."
Saskatchewan was the first province to enact multiculturalism legislation in 1974. By doing so, Saskatchewan recognizes the right of every community to retain its identity, language and traditional arts and sciences. The province's commitment to multiculturalism is reflected in its motto, Multis e gentibus vires - From Many Peoples Strength.
Each November the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) recognizes the anniversary of this progressive act.
"The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan is proud to put the ideas of the Saskatchewan Multiculturalism Act into practice as we honour the contributions of all people in this province - whether they have been here since time immemorial or have come in successive waves of immigration," MCoS Executive Director Rhonda Rosenberg said. "We all benefit by connecting across our various cultures whether it is through diversifying a work force, exchanging leadership ideas with immigrants as they adjust to life in Canada, sharing our culture through language schools, attending a pow wow, giving business to a local ethnic restaurant, or simply by making a new friend. Discover... share... cultivate respect."
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan has created an information sheet called Ways to Welcome Saskatchewan Multicultural Week. They are being sent to all schools in the province. Copies are also available through the council office. These and other activities are possible through the support of Saskatchewan Lotteries.
"Celebrating diversity and respecting different world views is a key principle of our new cultural policy, Pride of Saskatchewan," Hutchinson said. "It is an example of how Saskatchewan is on a new road and how together we will realize our full potential."
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