Canada is home to many diverse cultures and people from across the world. People call Canada their home because the government encourages everybody to be part of social, cultural, economic, and political affairs.
Every February, all Canadians are welcome to enjoy the festivities and celebrations of Black History Month. This tribute to black Canadians of the past and present celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals that have made an incredibly positive contribution to the economy and prosperity of Canada. Since the 1950s, Canada has organized annual events and awareness campaigns to draw attention to the remarkable work of black Canadians in medicine, education, art, public service, politics, and human rights.
Canadians celebrate the Asian heritage in May, with events and activities taking place across the country. This is a time when Canadians from all walks of life enjoy the unique culture which has made Canada a country of compassion, diversity, and prosperity. Each year, a significant contribution is selected and 2015’s pick is Sportsmen and women that are of Asian descent.
As a crime against humanity, the Holocaust is an event that will never be forgotten. Every year, Canada stands together with the rest of the world to pay tribute to the people who were affected by this tragedy. The liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on January 27, 1945 is commemorated today, more than half a century after the camps’ discovery and the beginning of the end for the millions of victims of the Holocaust’s gas chambers.
Canada has represented the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance as a chairperson, educating the world and especially the youth, of the atrocities of this event.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is in charge of coordinating all events related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Race Discrimination (ICERD). United Nations Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of All Persons, Regardless of Race, Color, National Origin, Language or Religion.