Peaceful Demonstration and Protest in support of Bill 134 on November 28, 2019

November 21, 2019 

Caribbean Women’s Society fosters civic engagement for Bill 134.

Caribbean Women’s Society (CWS), a grassroots, non-profit organization, is inviting the Caribbean-Canadian community and their supporters to participate in a peaceful demonstration and protest in support of Bill 134 on Thursday, November 28, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.  The media and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) have been invited to attend.  For details and registration, visit www.ourcws.com/events

As background, with the support and participation of community members and organizations, CWS proclaimed Caribbean Heritage Month in October 2018. History was made a year later, on Monday, October 28, 2019, when Liberal MPP Michael Coteau’s introduction of Bill 134, Caribbean Heritage Month Act, 2019, passed its first reading in the House proceedings of Ontario’s 42nd Parliament, 1st Session.  Community members, CWS and other community organizations were in attendance to support and witness the historic occasion.  Since then, members of the Caribbean-Canadian community, organizations, and supporters have been persistently lobbying their MPP representatives to assist Bill 134 in the legislative process, toward officially proclaiming October in each year as Caribbean Heritage Month in Ontario.

“Our supporters are encouraged to demonstrate with us on November 28 and hold our Legislative Assembly to account.  Caribbean-Canadian heritage, history and contributions to Ontario are deeply-rooted and deserve recognition. We will continue to foster civic engagement within our community; to persist and amplify our voice until our Conservative government does the right thing and enacts Bill 134, Caribbean Heritage Month Act, 2019” stated Camille Kerr, Founder & President of Caribbean Women’s Society. 

QUICK FACTS

  • 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
  • Caribbean Heritage Month brings together several community organizations, volunteers and participants, on an annual basis, to plan and host 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 Amerindian, African, South American, Asian, and European; 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. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CONTACT Administrator admin@ourcws.com | Caribbean Heritage Month https://ourchm.ca/

Partners: Caribbean Women’s Society https://ourcws.com/ Caribbean-Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Community https://c5ontario.com/
Caribbean-Canadian Parents United https://www.ccpunited.ca/ Mindful Parenting Toolkit https://www.mindfulparentingtoolkit.com/ 
Talkin’ Tales https://www.facebook.com/Talkin-Tales-a-Celebration-of-Afro-Caribbean-Heritage-419023965392990/ 
Women’s Softball Cricket Association https://www.facebook.com/womensoftballcricket/?ref=py_c
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