Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
March 15, 2018

Provincial Government Announces Funding for Multiculturalism Week Events

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced funding for successful applicants to a Request for Proposals for projects that promote inter-cultural understanding during Multiculturalism Week in Newfoundland and Labrador, March 18-24.

The Provincial Government is providing just over $23,000 in funding for 19 projects which include activities and events hosted by Memorial University, the Federation des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador, municipal governments, community organizations, and cultural groups.

The backgrounder below contains details of all provincially-funded events that will take place during Multiculturalism Week.

Increasing the number and reach of Multiculturalism Week events throughout the province is a key commitment in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Provincial Government committed to increasing immigration to the province to 1,700 newcomers annually by 2022.

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“Multiculturalism Week is a time to celebrate and cherish the rich diversity of cultures that share a home in Newfoundland and Labrador. These projects create an opportunity for all of us to meet new people and experience new cultures. I encourage all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to participate in these events and celebrate our shared values.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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Le gouvernement provincial annonce du financement pour des événements dans le cadre de la Semaine du multiculturalisme

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Media contact
Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
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BACKGROUNDER
Multiculturalism Week Projects

ApplicantProject
Federation des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du LabradorParticipation of St. John’s elementary and secondary school students at Sharing Our Cultures, to sing and celebrate International Day of the Francophonie.
Memorial University – Faculty of EducationRock the World Multicultural Story Sharing Tour – an opportunity for families to read with their children using books with pictures of cultures around the world.
Dover and Area Community Family CoalitionAround the World – a multicultural day for the local school and general public.
St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership and Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and LabradorCelebrate Multiculturalism Week – a series of activities including a City Hall exhibit and live demonstration of Memorial University’s Neighbours Project.
Friends of India AssociationConnecting Cultures Through Dance – a showcase of multicultural dance featuring the Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador
Association for New Canadians, Corner BrookMulticulturalism Week activities including a roundtable discussion, storytime, trivia night, and open house.
Association for New Canadians, Grand Falls-WindsorMulticulturalism Week activities including a student art project and open house.
Association for New Canadians, Labrador CityMulticulturalism Week activities including student art project and open house.
Association for New Canadians, St. John’sMulticulturalism Week activities including information booths and talent show.
Town of St. AnthonyDiversity Evening Event featuring traditional foods and entertainment.
Town of New-Wes-ValleyMulticultural Night – celebrating the diversity of the Kittiwake Coast region and featuring conversations, pictures, and cultural items.
Greek Community of Newfoundland and LabradorGreek Independence Day – featuring an educational film about the history of the day and live music with traditional Greek instruments.
Bethesda Pentecostal ChurchCelebrating of Diversity – featuring music, stories, and partnerships.
Memorial University of Newfoundland IraniansNowruz – a celebration of Persian culture and food with cultural, artistic, and recreational activities.
Memorial University of Newfoundland – Internationalization OfficeMulticultural Arts and Crafts Market hosting vendors selling food, crafts and other items from their countries of origin.
Memorial University of Newfoundland – Grenfell CampusGrenfell Campus Multiculturalism Week, including a ‘Screech In’ for new residents (using purity syrup), film screening, and traditional Aboriginal potluck.
Town of Channel-Port aux BasquesCommunity Inclusion – a networking function and event to promote the inclusion of residents of all backgrounds.
Refugee and Immigrant Advisory CouncilMulticultural Film Screening and Discussion – creating a space to share opinions and reflect on cross-cultural interactions.
Town of ParadiseMultiCulture Day – a mini-expo of information booths showcasing food, entertainment, town amenities, and a public skate.

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