Canadian Multiculturalism

On November 13, 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day by Royal Proclamation.  It is a weeklong celebration ending with Canada Day on July 1st

June 21                  National Indigenous Day

National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated annually on 21 June.

United Nations observes August 9th as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This day recognizes and celebrates the valuable and distinctive identities of Indigenous Peoples around the world. 

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. This date is an opportunity to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian Residential School system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada, and which still does today.

June 24                  Saint-Jean Baptiste Day

A national holiday in the Canadian province of Quebec and celebrated by French Canadians worldwide, especially in Canada and the United States, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, June 24,  honors the traditional feast day of the Nativity — or birth — of St. John the Baptist. The religious nature of the holiday has been de-emphasized for civic events, and “la St-Jean” is now mainly a celebration of francophone culture and history filled with public events, parades, barbecues, picnics and fireworks

June 27                  Canadian Multiculturalism Day

This national holiday is a celebration of Canada’s unique tapestry of the backgrounds of its citizens. Through its many cultures, nationalities, and religions, Canada is one of the leading countries for pushing multicultural acceptance on a government level. For example, while most Canadian citizens are of French or British descent, close to 40% are of a different national origin.

July 1           Canada Day

Canada Day is the anniversary of only one important national milestone on the way to the country’s full sovereignty, namely the joining on July 1, 1867, of the colonies of CanadaNova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a wider British federation of four provinces (the colony of Canada being divided into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec upon Confederation).[8] Canada became a “kingdom in its own right” within the British Empire commonly known as the Dominion of Canada