October 23, 2019
Continued history-in-the-making for the Caribbean-Canadian community.
After almost two years in search of political support, Caribbean Women’s Society (CWS) has finally gained the assistance of one Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Mr. Michael Coteau; who has agreed to sponsor the bill entitled, “An Act to proclaim the month of October Caribbean Heritage Month”.
With the support and approval of the Caribbean-Canadian community and dedicated, volunteer-based, community organizations, MPP Coteau will introduce the bill in Parliament when the House re-opens on Monday, October 28, 2019. If passed, this bill will become law and mark the provincial recognition of October as Caribbean Heritage Month across Ontario.
CWS is encouraging the general public, including their partners, supporters and Caribbean-Canadian community, to witness this historic occasion and support the bill by registering at www.ourchm.ca/events to attend the House meeting on Monday, October 28, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Further, CWS is urging all MPPs to demonstrate their respect for their Caribbean-Canadian constituents by voting in favour of the bill.
“Like all cultural communities across Ontario, the Caribbean-Canadian community deserves to be recognized for their contributions to our province and country. We thank MPP Coteau for responding to our concerns and partnering with us; and we trust that all our elected officials and government will follow his lead by demonstrating their support for this community and enforcing this important Act,” remarked Camille Kerr, Founder & President of Caribbean Women’s Society.
- Caribbean Women’s Society proclaimed October as Caribbean Heritage Month in 2018; an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Caribbean-Canadians and the important and inspirational role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario; and bringing together several community organizations, volunteers and participants, on an annual basis, to put on cultural events for the general public.
- Canada is home to a large and vibrant Caribbean-Canadian community; a diverse group representing forty-two Caribbean nations, regions and territories; a uniquely, wide range of ancestries, such as Indigenous, African, South American, South Asian, European and Asian; and a multitude of languages including the six official languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Creole and Papiamento.
- October signifies an important time in history for Caribbean-Canadians, with the improvements made to the Immigration Act, October 1967, and the introduction of the Multiculturalism Policy, October 1971, came a historically significant increase in Caribbean immigration.
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