Today is Multiculturalism Day, a day that recognizes diversity, equality, mutual respect, and the contributions of all the different backgrounds that are a part of Canadian society.
If you’re planning to celebrate Multiculturalism Day, one of the best places in the country to be is at the Canadian Musuem of Immigration at Pier 21.
The Halifax facility “aims to inspire and enable Canadians to explore their relationships with those migrations.”
Pier 21 is a National Historic Site that was the gateway to Canada for 1 million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. The Nova Scotia building was also the departure point for 500,000 Canadian military personnel during World War II.
Until October 31, 2013, the museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Admission is $8.60 for adults, entry is free for children five and under. The museum — and all other Parks Canada properties — has free entry on Canada Day. For additional information, Pier 21 can be reached at 1-855-526-4721, or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Canadian Museum of Immigration isn’t the only interesting multiculturalism event happening in the country today:
Canada Rocks! At Scarborough Historical Museum
Location: 1007 Brimley Rd, Toronto, Ontario
Event: The Scarborough Museum will be celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism Day with an evening that runs from 6:30-9 pm, and is filled with live music and entertainment showcasing the area’s diverse community. The event will feature Afro-Brazilian art and Bollywood dancing. Admission is free.
Mary Winspear Centre
Location: 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, British Columbia
Contact: 1 250-656-0275
Event: Sample “sweets from around the world” and browse the fascinating photo display created by area newcomers interpreting the theme “Voice and Place: Culture, Community and Belonging.” Event is from noon until 5pm. Admission is free.
St. John Market Square
Location: 1 Market Sq, Saint John, New Brunswick
Contact: 1 506-658-3600
Event: Multicultural performances, ethnic foods. Events all day.
Multicultural Day in Lethbridge
Location: 310 6 Street S, Lethbridge, Alberta
Event: This free event takes place Friday, June 28 from 5:30 pm-8. Lots of food. Performances by Natalie Macfayden, Lethbridge Highland Dancers, Minyo Dancers, Maria Livingston & Julie Lamouche, Ina Harris, Nefertiti Dancers and the Hungarian Delibab Dancers.
Map of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax