Canadian Multiculturalism Day: Minister Aheer
Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, issued the following statement on Canadian Multiculturalism Day:
“This is the first time in 25 years that the Government of Alberta has a ministry dedicated to multiculturalism, because we understand that our diversity makes us stronger. Our focus on multiculturalism encourages Albertans to learn more about each other, celebrate our cultural diversity, and acknowledge the work that must be done to fight racism and build a province where all people feel safe, welcome and valued.
“Multiculturalism and anti-racism work hand in hand to target the root causes of discrimination: fear of the unknown and intolerance. By learning more about the diverse cultures in Alberta, we discover unity in our shared values. After all, we all want a safe home for our families and the opportunity to succeed.
“Recent events have shown us that this is especially important in addressing the barriers that exist in our workplaces, schools and public spaces.
“On Canadian Multiculturalism Day, I encourage all Albertans to celebrate their heritage and share their traditions. This kind of sharing helps create connections and strong communities, which will be crucial for us in ending the scourge of racism and working together to continue to build a strong, resilient, and compassionate future for our province.”