Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
May 4, 2018

Provincial Government Acknowledges Cinco de Mayo

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today wished Newfoundlanders and Labradorians of Mexican heritage a happy Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Puebla, which some historians contend had far-reaching impacts on North American history.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is ceremonial and marked with events such as military parades and historical reenactments.

Elsewhere in North America, especially in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into an extravagant celebration of Mexican cuisine, culture and music.

In February 2017, the Provincial Government released the first annual Diversity Calendar, meeting a key commitment in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador to publicly acknowledge cultural holidays and events. Recognizing these celebrations increases awareness of diversity in the province and helps newcomers feel welcome in their communities.

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“Cinco de Mayo commemorates a battle that changed the course of history and provides everyone an opportunity to learn about Mexican culture. It is my pleasure to wish all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians of Mexican heritage a happy Cinco de Mayo. ”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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Learn More

The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador – www.aesl.gov.nl.ca/publications/pdf/ImmigrationPlan.pdf PDF

2018 Diversity Calendar - www.aesl.gov.nl.ca/pdf/immigration_calendar_online.pdf PDF

Media contact
Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595
RyanCrocker@gov.nl.ca

2018 05 04                              11:15 a.m.