Canada’s Diversity Advantage: Youth Navigate the Historic Journey and Shared Heritage of Canadians Ottawa: Date, 2017 – In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNACanada) is pleased to announce that, as part of its newest programme, “Canada’s Diversity Advantage”, the initiative that includes a Shared Heritage Festival, showcasing the work done by the youth throughout the course of the programme and highlight to communities across the country the benefits of Canada’s diverse peoples. Implemented in five cities across Canada, with funding support from Canadian Heritage – the Shared Heritage is the culmination of a “Youth Take Charge Program” that will have directly engaged 600 youth, 10-14 years old, along with 100 high school mentors who were recruited to conduct community mapping exercises with their younger peers. The project is implemented in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
In acknowledging the Government of Canada’s funding support for Canada’s Diversity Advantage initiative, UNACanada’s President and CEO Kathryn White noted:
“As Canada celebrates and learns from 150 years of nation building, it is encouraging to have the support of our government as we engage youth in learning about the diversity of Canada’s peoples and the contribution generations of immigrants and Aboriginals to shape a shared heritage, and for youth to pledge their continued shaping of this heritage for the next 150 years and beyond”.
In each targeted city, “A Shared Heritage Festival” will convene youth directly participating in the projects, along with their peers invited from other schools, in a full-day festival of learning about, and celebrating Canada’s history and the shared heritage of its citizens. Youth will also showcase their painted ‘murals’ interpreting the gathered knowledge and experiences of diverse Canadians from their communities. Youth will also sign a ‘Pledge to Canadian Harmonious Diversity’ as part of their legacy for Canada’s 150th anniversary. This will be open to the public, allowing all members of the communities to learn about and celebrate the diversity and shared heritage of not only the local area but Canada and the Canadian community.
UNA-Canada is a registered charity with a mandate to educate and engage Canadians in support for and understanding of the United Nations and its issues, which have a global impact. Working with a broad network of partners, UNA-Canada provides a place for Canadians to offer made-in-Canada solutions to challenges confronting the global commons and to develop skills in living together in peace and prosperity.
Festival Date: 24 March 2017
Official Festival Ceremony Location: Gibson Ballroom at the Novotel North York Hotel
Address: 3 Park Home Ave, North York, ON M2N 6L3
Registration: 9:00 –9:30 a.m.
Official Ceremony Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Shared Heritage Festival Location: Galleria level North York Centre, 5140 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
Shared Heritage Festival Time: 12:00 -15:00 p.m.