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February 8, 2012

On February 18, ICC celebrates it’s 7th birthday around Ottawa downtown. Friends and families were heading to Ottawa downtown area for last day gazing Winterlude ice sculptures and skating at new City Hall’s new Rink of Dreams.

Mild winter accross Ottawa have closed the Rideau Canal the longest skating ring in the world but the new Rink of Dreams surely made the worthy replacement for families to enjoy ice skating. Every year hundreds of thousand come out to celebrate the joys of winter in Canada’s Capital Region Ottawa Winterlude. This year ICC friends and families join the fun enjoying ice sculptures, a playground made of snow while celebrating its 7th anniversary.

The celebration continues at Rideau Mall food court to warm up and sip complementary coffee from ICC. Cake, fruits, and other snacks donation from friends and families were also served. The event at food court surely attract other visitor attention as more than 60 ICC members, friends and families connecting with smile, laugh and friendship. ICC executives blows the candle peaked the event follows by eating the chocolate cake together.

Indonesian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a federally registered non-profit community that is mostly volunteered based, located in Ottawa, Ontario. The organization was established in 2005 by Canadians, of Indonesian origin, having the needs to have a national organization enriching the existing Canadian multi-cultural society by providing our views, our values, our culture and our heritage within Canadian communities.

Contacts: contact@indonesiacanada.org

February 1, 2012

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. This year, Black History Month will recognize the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the contributions of black soldiers in the fight for Canada.http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/index.asp

The 16th Annual OBHS Kick-Off Brunch since the official recognition by the Province of Ontario designating the month of February as Black History Month was held by the Ontario Black History Society. This opening celebration launches Black History Month where the OBHS offers several presentations, speaking engagements and Black history exhibits. The OBHS Kick-Off Brunch hosts approximately 700 persons and has included Federal and Provincial Government Officials, Chief of Police, City Mayors, Business Executives, the Diplomatic Core and Youth. 

January 8, 2012

The Vietnamese Youth Action Committee of the Vietnamese Canadian Federation was founded in 2007 and is currently working on some projects sponsored by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Following the dialogue from the 2010 national Vietnamese youth survey and national workshop, the Vietnamese Youth Action Committee (VYAC) is launching the establishment of a national network of young Vietnamese Canadians (12- 25 year olds) for mutual support, inspiration, and success on the personal and community levels. Based on participants’ needs and interests, this project will match young people to mentors at the peer and inter-generational levels. The mentorship is being launched from December 2011 to January 2012 in five cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal) with the collaboration of local community organizations. In Ottawa, in partnership with the Vietnamese Canadian Community of Ottawa (VCCO), the VYAC is currently recruiting mentees and mentors for the Reach for the Stars mentorship program. The mentorship launch in Ottawa will be on Sunday January 8, 2012 at the Plant Recreation Centre (930 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, K1R 6R9,  Phone: 613-232-3000), from 10:30 am to 1 pm. The registration deadline isJanuary 22, 2012. For more information, please go to http://www.vietfederation.ca.

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.

December 10, 2011

Keynote Presentation by Mme. Nathalie Des Rosiers, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Jointly organized by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Canadian Ethnocultural Council with the participation of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. Saturday, December 10, 2011, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, at the Armenian Community Centre, 45 Hallcrown Place, Toronto.

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, August 23, 2011. The Canadian Ethnocultural Council, (CEC) its members and supporters are saddened by the passing of the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada,

Mr. Layton was a perceptive leader, aware of the common person's struggles, a champion of social justice and equality. His inclusive approach to community work and politics focused on bringing people of all backgrounds together with the common goal of making Canada a better place for all. He will be missed, but his final words of optimism and courage will resonate as guiding principles for a long time to come.

The CEC extends deepest condolences to the Layton family, his wife. Ms. Olivia Chow, their friends and colleagues. 

July 25, 2011

Ottawa, July 25, 2011  It is with a deep sense of sorrow that we witnessed the horrible massacre in Norway at the hands of a deranged individual fighting what he apparently claims "as a crusader against multiculturalism and immigration".  The Canadian Ethnocultural Council extends deepest condolences to the people of Norway. We share in their sorrow at this moment of great loss and grief.

"As an organization whose foundation has arisen out of Canada’s multiculturalism policy and believes that both our multiculturalism and our immigration policy are an integral part of our history and are at the very core of Canadians' sense of belonging and identity, we are very troubled and concerned by the extremity of the killer’s motivation" said Lou Sekulovski, President. "Canada has set the standard of multiculturalism and immigration. We thus call upon the Prime Minister to take a leadership role and immediate action, here and abroad, in defending these fundamental values, which have made our country the great nation that it is. These are values, which are necessary in a globalized and inter-connected society. This is a time to tell the world that that Canada’s multicultural and immigration policies have contributed greatly to the economic well-being and social cohesion of our country and that they can be a positive influence in the rest of the world." 

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).

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