Monday June 27 was Canadian Multiculturalism Day. The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library and the Art Gallery of Algoma hosted a joint celebration beginning at noon. The half-day festivities included a free barbecue, cultural performances, live music and world art exhibits.
Mayor Provenzano opened the event with a brief welcome address. His remarks touched on how diversity and multiculturalism are among Canada’s greatest strengths as a nation. He also spoke of the importance of making Sault Ste. Marie a welcoming place for newcomers and people of all backgrounds.
As part of the opening ceremonies, the Local Immigration Partnership of Sault Ste. Marie and area presented awards of appreciation to several private refugee sponsorship groups. These local groups, from both Sault Ste. Marie and nearby communities including Blind River and St. Joseph’s Island, have been fundraising and organizing in order to bring privately sponsored refugee families to Northern Ontario.
In all, celebrating multiculturalism was a great way to lead off summer in Sault Ste. Marie. Many thanks go to the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, the Art Gallery of Algoma, the Sault Community Career Centre, the New Beginnings Interdenominational Refugee Sponsorship Group and the Local Immigration Partnership for organizing the day’s events.