Caribbean Women’s Society has declared the month of October as “Caribbean Heritage Month”; an innovative initiative to recognize, celebrate and educate the public on how Caribbeans made and continue to make significant contributions, across all fields and industries, to Canada, as early as the 1700’s.
October is a significant month for the Caribbean-Canadian community. With the points system incorporated into the Immigration Regulations in October 1967, it meant that visitors, including Caribbeans, and their families were given the right to apply for immigrant status while in Canada. By 1970, immigration from, in part, the Caribbean represented over 23% of the total; compared to 10% four years prior. (http://ccrweb.ca/en/hundred-years-immigration-canada-part-2)
In a statement to the House of Commons on October 8, 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced multiculturalism as an official government policy. Multiculturalism was intended to preserve the cultural freedom of all individuals and provide recognition of the cultural contributions of diverse ethnic groups to Canadian society. (https://pier21.ca/research/immigration-history/canadian-multiculturalism-policy-1971)