The Government of Canada Supports Diversity in the Okanagan

Kelowna, February 16, 2013 — The City of Kelowna will host three events to promote multiculturalism and celebrate cultural diversity in the Okanagan. Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna –Lake Country, today attended the first event entitled Global Children’s Villages, on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

To support these events, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has contributed $12,000 from the Inter-Action program to the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan.

“The Inter-Action program aims to create opportunities for different cultural and faith communities in order to build bridges and promote intercultural understanding,” said Cannan. “We hope that these events will create conversations about diversity, help diminish stereotypes and racism, and be a great opportunity to celebrate Canada’s rich multicultural society.”

Global Children’s Villages undertakes activities such as educational booths and craft stations to teach children about multiculturalism and diversity. Canadians are also invited to participate in the Taste of Home event on February 23, where there will be ethnic cooking demonstrations and sample tastings, and in the Global Music Fest on March 1, 2 and 3, featuring ethnic musical performances.

The Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan worked in partnership with Global Citizen Kelowna to organize these events.

For more information about the events visit: Global Citizen Kelowna.

Information about the Inter-Action program can be found at:  Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Funding

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Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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