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December 10, 2011

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council held a Board of Presidents meeting on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Armenian Canadian Centre in Toronto. The guest speaker Chungsen Leung, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, spoke to the delegates.

November 1, 2011

Ottawa, November 1, 2011,   The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced funding to support 37 new community-based projects under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy.  The Canadian Ethnocultural Council, (CEC), is pleased to announce it that it has received funds for a two-year project on "Early Detection of Diabetes in High-Risk Immigrant Ethnic Communities". 

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. One in four Canadians has or is at risk of having the disease and certain communities are at higher risk. The CEC's project aims to work with immigrant ethnic populations to increase and facilitate access to information, early detection and self-management on diabetes.

"By working with our partners throughout Canada, the CEC will develop a community guide  and conduct community workshops with individuals working with recent immigrant populations of South Asian, South East Asian, Hispanic and African backgrounds. We want to make sure that these communities who are most at risk know and understand that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, delayed or managed, thereby improving their quality of life and reducing complications.  Through this project we are creating culturally appropriate information on risk-factors and prevention strategies," said Anna Chiappa, Executive Director.

"The CEC works towards equality of access and opportunity for ethnocultural communities in Canada. Access to health care and health equity are important aspects of realizing full participation in Canadian society. By promoting inter-ethnic community collaboration, sharing knowledge and strengthening partnerships, together we can take the necessary steps in fighting the disease", said Lou Sekulovski, President.

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council is a coalition of over 30 national  ethnocultural organizations. Its mandate is to promote the understanding of the multicultural reality of Canada as defined in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and The Canadian Multiculturalism Act.

August 23, 2011

Ottawa, le 23 août 2011.  Le Conseil ethnoculturel du Canada (CEC), ses membres et ses supporteurs sont attristés par le décès de l’honorable Jack Layton, chef de la loyale Opposition de Sa Majesté et chef du Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada.

 

M. Layton était un leader perspicace, conscient des défis du citoyen ordinaire, un champion de la justice et de l’égalité sociale. Son approche inclusive au travail communautaire et à la politique était axée sur l’importance de rassembler des gens de tous les horizons dans le but commun de faire du Canada un meilleur pays pour tous. Bien qu’il nous manquera,son dernier message d’optimisme et de courage résonnera comme principe directeur pendant des années à venir.

Le CEC exprime ses plus sincères condoléances à la famille Layton, à son épouse Mme Olivia Chow, à leurs amis et leurs collègues. 

July 25, 2011

Ottawa,  25 juillet 2011           C’est avec un profond sentiment de chagrin que nous avons témoigné de l’horrible massacre en Norvège aux mains d’une personne dérangée mentalement qui prétend livrer une bataille en qualité de « militant en guerre contre le multiculturalisme et l’immigration. » Le Conseil ethnoculturel du Canada transmet ses plus sincères condoléances à la population de la Norvège. Nous partageons leur chagrin à l’occasion de cette immense perte et de ce deuil.

 

« À titre d’organisme dont la création découle de la politique de multiculturalisme du Canada et qui est convaincu que nos politiques, tant de multiculturalisme que d’immigration, sont une composante intégrale de notre histoire et qu’elles sont à la base même du sentiment d’appartenance et d’identité des Canadiens, nous sommes très inquiets et préoccupés par le niveau extrême de la motivation du tueur, » d’affirmer Lou Sekulovski, Président. « Le Canada a établi la norme en matière de multiculturalisme et d’immigration. Ainsi, nous invitons le Premier ministre à prendre un rôle de leadership et des mesures immédiates, ici et à l’étranger, en vue de défendre ces valeurs fondamentales, lesquelles ont fait de notre pays la magnifique nation qu’il est. Il s’agit de valeurs qui sont nécessaires dans un monde planétaire et interconnecté. Il est temps de dire au monde entier que les politiques de multiculturalisme et d’immigration du Canada ont grandement contribué à la santé économique et à la cohésion sociale de notre pays et qu’elles peuvent avoir une influence positive ailleurs dans le monde."

July 7, 2011

Ottawa, July 7, 2011.  The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is pleased to announce that the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada will be awarded the Shevchenko Medal in Toronto on October 14, 2011. The Shevchenko Medal is the highest form of recognition that can be granted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.It recognizes individuals for their outstanding national contribution towards the development of the Ukrainian Canadian community.

Prime Minister Harper and his government have made many contributions to the Ukrainian Canadian community, both at home and abroad, including the passage of An Act to establish a Ukrainian Famine and Genocide ("Holodomor") Memorial Day, making Canada one of the first countries to adopt legislation to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-33 as an act of genocide.The establishment by Prime Minister Harper of the "Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund" in 2008 was the culmination of many years of effort by our community to recognize the unjust internment of Ukrainian Canadians and others from 1914 - 1920.

Prime Minister Harper has been an active proponent of democratic reforms in Ukraine as evidenced by his recent trip to Ukraine in October 2010 where he publicly expressed Canada's commitment to human rights, democratic development, and free and fair elections in Ukraine.

This was preceded by Canada sending 200 election observers to Ukraine for the 2010 Presidential elections.One of the highlights of the Prime Minister's trip to Ukraine was thesigning of a Youth Mobility Agreement to facilitate travel and exchanges between Canadian and Ukrainian youth. Prime Minister Harper has also been an active
proponent of Ukraine's accession into NATO and in 2009 his government entered into Free Trade negotiations with Ukraine and renewed Ukraine's status as a country of priority for international assistance through CIDA.

The first Prime Minister to receive the Shevchenko Medal was the Rt. Hon. John Diefenbaker, who was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the cause of Ukraine and other nations in their struggle for human dignity and liberty.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress will present the Shevchenko Medal to Prime Minister Harper on Friday, October 14, 2011 at a tribute event to be held at the Liberty Grand located at 25 British Columbia Rd., Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario.

The event was originally scheduled for March 25, 2011, and was postponed due to the federal election.

For information on the event or to obtain tickets please visit www.ucc.ca or call (866) 942-4627.
UCC Media Contact:
Darla Penner Telephone: (204) 942-4627
Email: dpenner@ucc.ca
Website: www.ucc.ca

October 30, 2010

The Canadian Ethoncultural Council celebrated its 30th anniversary at a gala held on October 30, 2010 at the Riviera Parque Convention Centre, in the city of Vaughan with the theme "Through Diversity Strength". The event was held in collaboration with the Italian Canadian Museum (AMICI).The Gala Co-Chairs were Dominic Campione and Mario Cortellucci and honourary co-chairs were Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President OMNI TV and Lenny Lombardi, President CHIN Radio.

Thirty years ago the Canadian Ethnocultural Council was created to bring together many of the country’s strongest and important ethnic organizations. The purpose of the CEC was and continues to be, to collaborate through dialogue and mutual respect, and build a strong united Canada. The CEC is the only national umbrella organization which brings together diverse communities to achieve this goal.

The dinner gala fundraising event featured a concert by Mancuso Square, with the duo of Dominic Mancuso (2010 Juno Award Winner of the World Music Album of the year) and Vince Mancuso (renowned Italian Canadian artist).

October 7, 2010

Canadians of Italian heritage are proud of their contributions to the Province of Ontario and will continue their commitment to making Canada a rich and diverse cultural mosaic for the benefit of all its citizens. Where else in the world can one be proud of his/her rich cultural heritage yet fiercely proud of their country?

On October 7, 2010, the Legislature of the Province of Ontario passed Bill 103 into law declaring forever the month of June as Italian Heritage month. The act, the Italian Heritage Month Act, received Royal assent on October 25,2010.

A special thank you has to go to MPP Mario Sergio, MPP Peter Sherman and MPP Rosario Marchese for their vision in seeing the importance and the significance of this legislation for our community. The passage of the Act resounded with many people within Ontario and across Canada. In fact, Vancouver earlier this year declared June Italian Heritage month and the Province of Nova Scotia is considering it as well.

Recognizing the significance of the legislation and its potential impact on our community, Comites, The National Congress of Italian Canadians-Toronto District, Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana, Villa Charities and the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association came together to discuss and develop a program for the month of June where we, as a community, will celebrate all things Italian.

We are also excited that the first of such celebrations falls on the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, thus giving us even more reason to celebrate this historic event. The website you are about to enter was created by volunteers from the community. Many of the events sponsored are paid for by members of the community.

We would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers that are chairing committees, volunteering time and energy so as to ensure the month of June is a time we can all be proud of our rich heritage.

We would like to express our gratitude to those that shared our dream and generously donated resources to make this month a reality. It is only though the hard work and dedication of the “teams” that we can realize a dream such as the one we have now embraced upon. It is with great pride that we welcome you to www.italianheritagecanada.ca

Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana, Comites, the National Congress of Italian Canadians, the Canadian Business Professional Association, Villa Charities

June 8, 2010

Mai est le Mois du patrimoine asiatique. Celui-ci permet de reconnaître la longue et riche histoire des Canadiens d’origine asiatique ainsi que leurs contributions au Canada. Ce mois donne aussi aux Canadiens de tout le pays l’occasion de réfléchir aux contributions des Canadiens d’origine asiatique à la croissance et à la prospérité du Canada ainsi que de célébrer leur apport.

La diversité culturelle du Canada renforce le pays d’innombrables façons sur le plan social, politique et économique. Le Mois du patrimoine asiatique est l’occasion idéale pour tous de célébrer la beauté et la sagesse des différentes cultures asiatiques.

Aux États-Unis, on célèbre le Mois du patrimoine asiatique depuis 1979. Au cours des dix dernières années, un grand nombre d’Asiatiques au Canada ont commencé à célébrer leur patrimoine pendant le mois de mai. En décembre 2001, le Sénat a adopté une motion proposée par la sénatrice Vivienne Poy pour désigner officiellement le mois de mai comme le Mois du patrimoine asiatique au Canada. En mai 2002, le gouvernement du Canada a signé une déclaration officielle pour désigner le mois de mai comme le Mois du patrimoine asiatique.

 

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