FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Canadians Centre Celebrates Canadian Multiculturalism Day 2021
Journeying the Cultural Landscapes of Canada
PETERBOROUGH – On June 27, the New Canadians Centre will mark Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Each year, we support over 1000 clients hailing from over 100 countries and speaking nearly 60 different languages. Each of them brings unique customs, music, dance, food, sports, and stories contributing to a vibrant community.
Performance, food, and storytelling has the power to bring people together as we build bridges of understanding and appreciation.
“We strive towards a multicultural society that celebrates the richness of diverse human cultures. When we celebrate diversity, we create community and we help all people to feel like they belong, to have hope, and to build confidence. We know that people continue to be targeted for being different, made to feel unwelcome and excluded but we must counter this with hope and love, remaining confident that we can move forward in our pursuit of equity,” says Andy Cragg, Executive Director.
We invite you to tune into a day of virtual programming that will tell a story of our multicultural Canada through performance, storytelling, film, and food. Programming will be released on www.nccpeterborough.ca/multiculturalism-day and www.facebook.com/newcanadianscentre throughout the day on June 27.
Here is a snapshot of what you can expect:
Featuring new performances from the Ukti Centre for Movement & Arts, Irish Millie, and Blue Wave Taekwondo, in addition to a rebroadcast of some favourite performances from past NCC festivals.
Stories from Our Community Radio-Podcast
Sharing the work of the Newcomer Radio Group, an NCC-Trent Radio project that has trained ten newcomers in the art of storytelling and audio production. Listen to their stories of home, transition, integration, and community on Trent Radio CFFF 92.7FM, www.trentradio.ca (broadcast time TBD) and online via podcasting platforms (Google, Apple, Spotify) on June 27.
“We are the Radical Monarchs” Film Screening
This free online screening, in partnership with ReFrame Film Festival, introduces you to the Radical Monarchs — an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of colour, aged 8-13 – and touches on important themes of representation, allyship, equity, and youth leadership. Register at www.nccpeterborough.ca/multiculturalism-day for a link to view the film between June 27 and July 4.
#CookWithTheNCC – The Aromas & Flavours of the World
Aromas, flavours, ingredients, who we cook for and how we share our recipes tell the stories that shape us as a community. We’ve partnered with KawarthaNow.com to introduce you to four newcomers and their stories of settlement, food, and cooking. New stories are shared each Tuesday for the month of June on KawarthaNow.com.
Stories shared thus far:
- Jessie Iriwanto shares a taste of Indonesian culture with her new home country of Canada
- Newcomer Tuncay Alkan exemplifies Turkish hospitality by sharing his hummus recipe
This “Celebrate Canada” event is sponsored by Canadian Heritage, and supported by ReFrame Film Festival, Trent Radio, and KawarthaNow.com.
The New Canadians Centre (NCC) is a non-profit organization that has been providing services in the Peterborough community since 1979. The New Canadians Centre strives to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members of Canadian society, and to provide community leadership to ensure cultural integration in a welcoming community.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Community Development
705-743-0882 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org