Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Canadian Multiculturalism Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the inclusivity and acceptance of values that define Canada as a nation. Multiculturalism Day holds a deep personal significance for me, rooted in both my immigration journey and my work with new immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers to Canada. As an immigrant, I understand the challenges and joys of adapting to a new culture. I have found a meaningful way to connect with others who share similar experiences, while celebrating the rich cultural diversity in Canada, through my work facilitating global cooking sessions with new immigrants. 

Through our cooking sessions, we explore the flavours and ingredients of different cuisines while we share stories, traditions, and languages. In doing so, we create a space where newcomers can feel a sense of belonging and connection to their cultural heritage, even as they navigate the challenges of resettlement. Through our shared experiences in the kitchen, we learn not only about food but also about our fellow Canadians’ heritage, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the unique backgrounds that each person brings to the table.

This is a time to reflect on the impact that cultural exchange and diversity have had on my life and the lives of countless others. By embracing diversity and cultural exchange, and promoting inclusion, we enrich our communities and strengthen our society. As someone passionate about fostering cross-cultural understanding and integration, I’m happy to see how far we’ve come as a country since I first immigrated. Today there are so many programs and resources available in Canada to work towards helping new immigrants and refugees feel more welcomed and accepted upon their arrival. I hope to see more in the future as Canada grows.  

Canadian Multiculturalism Day is a time to honour and recognize the contributions that immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers have made and continue to make in our society. Fostering this understanding and helping to create a more inclusive Canada for future generations is what this day is all about.

-    Uma Sivakumar, Project Specialist: Community Connections

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