Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

June 16, 2010 10:00 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Recognizing Jamaican Diaspora Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the celebration of Jamaican Diaspora Day:

"First proclaimed in 2004, Jamaican Diaspora Day is observed annually on June 16 by Jamaican communities in Canada and around the world in recognition of the significant contribution of Jamaicans abroad to Jamaica's economic and social development.

"Today 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.'

"Youth forums, conferences, and cultural and sporting events are a focal point of activities organized by communities in recognition of the day.

"For all Canadians, Jamaican Diaspora Day provides an excellent opportunity to recognize the important contributions that the Jamaican community has made to this country's rich and diverse heritage.

"The ties between Canada and Jamaica have never been stronger, particularly following Prime Minister Harper's historic visit to Jamaica, and speech to the Jamaican Parliament.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes for a very happy Jamaican Diaspora Day to all members of the Jamaican-Canadian community and to Jamaicans everywhere."

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca