Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

January 28, 2015 15:19 ET

Global Citizen Kelowna Shines Light on Okanagan Multiculturalism

The Honourable Ron Cannan announces Government of Canada support for the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 28, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan (ISCO) will receive funding of $25,100 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to present the 11th edition of Global Citizen Kelowna. The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna-Lake Country), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Global Citizen Kelowna, a cultural diversity festival, is an annual celebration of the role that Kelowna's citizens play in bringing awareness to humanitarianism both at home and abroad. Funding will support three of the main events in 2015: "A Taste of Home", a day of multicultural dance, music and art displays; "Global Music Fest", a showcase of local musicians; and "An Artist's Eye on the World", a city-wide youth photo, video and art exhibit.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2002, ISCO has worked to promote multiculturalism and intercultural harmony across the Central Okanagan Valley.
  • This year's Global Citizen Kelowna is taking place from January 26 to February 21.
  • Global Citizen Kelowna and its work have been recognized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Fund program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support organizations like the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan that contribute to the diverse and vibrant cultural vitality of British Columbia. We are excited to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts and heritage."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan plays an important role in our community by promoting acceptance of cultural diversity. Global Citizen Kelowna brings people of all ages and backgrounds together and provides us the opportunity to experience the rich multicultural heritage that Kelowna has to offer."

- The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna-Lake Country)

"The Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan is very appreciative of this Government of Canada funding, as it has enabled the growth of their Global Citizen Kelowna activities. ISCO's mission, like Canadian Heritage, is to build community. With the financial assistance of a Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage grant, Global Citizen Kelowna events add to community cohesiveness and connection-both locally and globally."

- Joyce Brinkerhoff, Executive Director, Global Citizen Kelowna

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Global Citizen Kelowna

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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