Event will cel­e­brate racial di­ver­sity

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Racial di­ver­sity in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion will be cel­e­brated next week.

A “com­mu­nity di­ver­sity cel­e­bra­tion” is be­ing planned for next Tues­day, March 24.

Sun­day, March 21 has al­ready been des­ig­nated as In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion, and the March 24 cel­e­bra­tion will take place dur­ing that week.

The event is set to get un­der way at 7 p.m. at Fong’s in Carbonear.

Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties Net­work (M-RON) Inc. is host­ing the event, in part­ner­ship with the Of­fice of Im­mi­gra­tion and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.

Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­ness own­ers in Trin­ity Con­cep­tion will join the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

M-RON CEO Ge­orge Par­sons said the event “will pro­vide an over­view of pro­vin­cial and re­gional mul­ti­cul­tural ini­tia­tives that are un­der­way.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from health, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism, busi­ness and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will be on hand to speak at the event.

“New Cana­di­ans bring with them a host of fresh per­spec­tives, valu­able ex­per­tise and di­verse tra­di­tions, mak­ing them in­valu­able as­sets to a com­mu­nity and re­gion,” Par­sons said in a news release.

“In an era of out-mi­gra­tion, de­clin­ing en­rol­ments and labour short­ages, it is im­per­a­tive that we be­gin the process of build­ing com­mu­ni­ties that are wel­com­ing and open to new­com­ers,” the CEO sug­gested.

He said next week’s com­mu­nity di­ver­sity cel­e­bra­tion “rep­re­sents an ini­tial step to­wards build­ing wel­com­ing com­mu­ni­ties and is in­tended...to high­light di­ver­sity projects un­der­way in the prov­ince and de­velop strate­gies to in­te­grate new­com­ers into the so­cial and eco­nomic fab­ric of our re­gion.”

An in­for­mal gath­er­ing will fol­low and food and drink will be pro­vided.

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