Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
July 27, 2018

Provincial Government Commemorates Dharma Day

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today wished Buddhist Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a happy Dharma Day.

Dharma Day commemorates when Siddhartha Gautama, the future Buddha, first taught others how to become an enlightened one. An Indian prince, Gautama overcame many struggles in his life to achieve enlightenment and the students he taught would become the first Buddhist monks.

Buddhists throughout the world celebrate Dharma Day by giving offerings at temples and reflecting on Buddha’s teachings.

The 2018 Diversity Calendar acknowledges this and other cultural holidays and events, a key commitment in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This collaborative, partnership-driven immigration action plan delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“Dharma Day is a celebration of the Buddha’s teachings of peace and enlightenment, a special time for Buddhists throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world. These teachings reflect the hope we all share for a more peaceful, equitable world.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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Learn more
2018 Diversity Calendar – PDF Icon

The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador – PDF Icon

Immigration Action Plan Progress Report – PDF Icon

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Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
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2018 07 27                              9:40 a.m.