Event will celebrate racial diversity
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.