Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

August 15, 2011 09:30 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Recognizing India's Independence Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2011) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the celebration of India's Independence Day:

"August 15th commemorates the date on which India achieved statehood in 1947. A national holiday in India, the day is also celebrated by Canadians of Indian heritage taking part in community festivities such as picnics, parades and flag-hoisting ceremonies.

"People of Indian descent have played an important role in building our prosperous and pluralistic society, while taking great pride in their culture, heritage and traditions. Their contributions over the years have helped build the strong and diverse Canada we know today, and with India being among the top source countries for newcomers to our country, they will continue to help shape our national story.

"In fact, this year has been officially named the 'Year of India in Canada,' and numerous educational and cultural events have allowed all Canadians to share in the rich culture and ongoing contributions of Indo Canadians to our great country.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I am delighted to join with members of the almost one million-strong Indo-Canadian community in celebrating this national day, and I wish each and every one of them a very happy Independence Day."

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Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Candice Malcolm

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca