October is Caribbean Heritage Month

News Release

October is Caribbean Heritage Month.

October 1, 2020 

Continued history-in-the-making for the Caribbean-Canadian community.

In 2018, Caribbean Women’s Society (CWS) proclaimed October as Caribbean Heritage Month; to be observed every year.  

Caribbean Heritage Month is 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 Canada.  

To mark the occasion, the general public and media are invited to attend the third annual flag-raising ceremony and official proclamation, virtually, on October 1, 2020, from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  CWS and their partners, Caribbean-Canadian Parents United and Caribbean-Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Community will be hosting and livestreaming several virtual, cultural events for the general public, throughout the month of October.

Caribbean Women’s Society is inviting the general public, in solidarity with their partners, supporters and Caribbean-Canadian community, to petition the government of Canada, to represent the concerns of the Canadian residents and citizens by legislating October as Caribbean Heritage Month.

We are a richly diverse and distinct collective of Caribbean nations; with a shared, long-standing connection to Canada.  Caribbean people have been a part of Canada’s history since the late 1700’s; and have been contributing to Canadian society ever since. It’s time our story is finally told. See us for who we are as a people; and call us by our rightful name, ‘Caribbean-Canadian’,” states Camille Kerr, Founder & President of Caribbean Women’s Society. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Canada is home to a large and vibrant Caribbean-Canadian community; a diverse group representing forty-three 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. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CONTACT Administrator info@ourchm.ca | Caribbean Heritage Month www.ourchm.ca

Partners: 

Caribbean Women’s Society www.ourchm.ca/ourcws/ 

Caribbean-Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Community www.ourchm.ca/thefirstc5/

Caribbean-Canadian Parents United www.ourchm.ca/ourccpu/