[News release from: Citizenship and Immigration Canada]
Ottawa, 25 June 2010 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism Day:
“This coming Sunday marks Canadian Multiculturalism Day and I am proud to take this opportunity to reflect on how Canada’s cultural communities have contributed to our rich and diverse heritage, and to outline some of our recent accomplishments.
“The Citizenship and Multiculturalism programmes are part of a larger vision to build a strong and united country.
“This past year our government unveiled Canada’s new citizenship guide — Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
“Discover Canada promotes a greater understanding of Canada’s history, values, and symbols to newcomers and Canadian citizens alike. It puts more emphasis on our core values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
“Our government has also taken steps to enhance Canada’s Multiculturalism Programme. These changes promote an integrated society by making institutions more responsive to the needs of Canada’s diverse population and engaging in international discussions on multiculturalism and diversity.
“Canada is one of the most ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse countries in the world. Our government is committed to helping all Canadians embrace our shared values, our shared history, and institutions. The Government of Canada is proud of the contributions that all communities make to the social, civic, and economic fabric of this country and of all efforts Canadians make to welcome and encourage newcomers’ active engagement and participation in our society.
“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I am confident that we will meet our objectives and ensure that ours remains a society where Canadians of all origins and backgrounds have an equal opportunity to contribute and succeed.”