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Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2017 

Message from the Governor General of Canada 
on the Occasion of Canadian Multiculturalism Day

OTTAWA—In Canada, there is a place for everyone, and therein lie the strength and richness of our country. Canada’s commitment to diversity is anchored by a robust suite of legislation designed to combat discrimination and empower all Canadians to fully participate in society.

In 1971, Canada was the first country to adopt a multiculturalism policy. In 1988, this vision was enshrined in law with the Canadian Multiculturalism Act. The values and principles of inclusive diversity are also enshrined in key legislation such as the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In this year as we mark the 150th anniversary of our Confederation and reflect on our history, we cannot overlook the darkest chapters in our collective story. It is up to each of us to shape the future and create a narrative of which we can be proud. This story belongs to us. To you. To me. To all Canadians. Together, we will succeed in building an open and caring country.

May you all enjoy a wonderful Canadian Multiculturalism Day full of celebration!

                                                                                                                      David Johnston 


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Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell) 


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