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How to Celebrate Multiculturalism Day in Canada

June 23, 2017

Canadian Multiculturalism Day, on June 27th, is a great opportunity to celebrate our diverse country. Canada is a country rich in history, Indigenous culture and mutual respect. This is the perfect day to celebrate all of the cultures that make up our amazing country as well as the contributions each group is giving to communities across Canada. With the Canada 150 celebration also happening this year, Canadian Multiculturalism Day will be even more fun. Here are a few ways to celebrate this special day.

Different coloured watercolour handprints representing diversity

5 Ways to Celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day

  1. Find a Big Celebration Near You -  There are so many fun events happening across Canada to help celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
  2. Celebrate with Your Neighbours - Like many Canadians, you likely live in harmony with many other cultures in your neighbourhood, apartment building, or even just on your own street. Plan a block party or neighbourhood party. Make it a potluck and ask everyone to bring their favourite dish. Even better if it’s native to their culture. This is a great opportunity to learn about each other’s history and culture while also forming a stronger bond with your neighbours.
  3. Celebrate with Coworkers - Just like a neighbourhood party, plan a potluck at work. Same rules apply.
  4. Learn - Yes, you read that right. Take some time to learn all about Canada’s history. Not just the past 150 years, but right back to the beginning. The Canadian Encyclopedia is a great place to start. You can make this fun for little ones as well. Although we’re celebrating 150 years in Canada this year, our history goes back WAY further than that with our Indigenous peoples. National Aboriginal Day falls on June 21st so it’s the perfect time to learn more about the cultural diversity of the Inuit, Metis and First Nations peoples.
  5. Practice Kindness - While it’s easy to practice kindness every single day, make a commitment to be extra kind to everyone, regardless of culture, race or gender. Look out for your neighbours, friends and family, today and every day.

diverse kids looking at a globe with a teacher

Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and our commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect and to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society. The Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign also reflects those values of equality and mutual respect. The campaign has been adapted for Immigrant and Refugee communities so that we can all learn how to notice warning signs of abuse and respond in supportive ways, promoting healthy relationships and strong communities for everyone!