In 1971, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. This affirmed the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens, regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation.
On November 14, 2002, the Government of Canada issued a proclamation declaring June 27 each year Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Multiculturalism is a fundamental characteristic of the Canadian heritage. As our Prime Minister has said, “We are strong not in spite of our differences, but because of them.”
Canada has a rich cultural heritage and we should be proud of the contributions Canadians of all backgrounds have made and continue to make.
Today, and every day, I invite you to celebrate and reflect upon our diversity and to discover how rich the Canadian mosaic truly is.