Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

June 16, 2009 08:31 ET

Minister Kenney Celebrates Jamaican Diaspora Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement regarding Jamaican Diaspora Day:

"Jamaican Diaspora Day was first proclaimed at the inaugural Jamaican Diaspora Conference in 2004. Since then, it has been observed annually on June 16 by Jamaican Diaspora communities the world over in recognition of the significant contribution of Jamaicans abroad to the country's economic and social development.

"Activities such as conferences, health fairs, and cultural and sporting events are organized around the world in celebration of the day.

"Jamaican Diaspora Day provides an excellent opportunity for Jamaicans abroad to strengthen their relationship with their homeland and to celebrate its national motto - 'Out of many, one people.'

"For all Canadians, Jamaican Diaspora Day provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate; applaud; and be thankful for the tremendous contributions that the Jamaican community has made and continues to make to this country's rich and diverse heritage.

"As Prime Minister Harper said earlier this spring in his address to the Jamaican Parliament, 'the deep friendship between our peoples...is a friendship forged through shared experience,' including 'our shared devotion to diversity and pluralism, so eloquently expressed by your national motto.'

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I am delighted to join with Canadians of Jamaican origin, and people of Jamaican descent around the world, in celebrating Jamaican Diaspora Day."

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