Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, issued an announcement yesterday asserting the start of the very first Lebanese Heritage Month, “a time to acknowledge and honour the contributions of Lebanese Canadians to the nation we proudly name residence”.
Earlier in July 2023, Canada’s parliament unanimously accredited naming November as Lebanese Heritage Month and this 12 months all through Canada, November might be referred to as such.
Right here’s the complete assertion by PM Justin Trudeau:
“Because the 1800s, when the primary Lebanese immigrants got here to Canada, to in the present day, with lots of of hundreds of Lebanese Canadians residing in communities from coast to coast to coast, this vibrant diaspora has fashioned an integral piece of Canada’s wealthy cultural mosaic. Their contributions have made – and proceed to make – our nation extra numerous, affluent, and inclusive.
“On behalf of the Authorities of Canada, I invite all Canadians to be taught extra concerning the contributions of Lebanese Canadians to our tradition, our financial system, and our communities. From sharing Lebanon’s nationwide delicacies, to celebrating with conventional music and dancing, to creating an impression within the fields of science and drugs, Lebanese Canadians assist make Canada the nation we love.
“To everybody celebrating, I want you all a really completely satisfied first Lebanese Heritage Month.”
And the joint assertion by Minister Khera and Member of Parliament Metlege Diab on the primary nationwide Lebanese Heritage Month:
The deep connection between Lebanon and Canada traces its origins again to 1882, when the primary Lebanese immigrants set foot on Canadian soil. Since then, these ties have taken root and enriched our communities from coast to coast to coast. Very like the mosaic of Canadian society, Lebanese society is extremely numerous, encompassing quite a few spiritual and cultural affiliations.
This wealthy range is mirrored within the numerous Lebanese communities which have referred to as Canada their residence for over 140 years. They’ve made essential contributions to Canadian science, arts, politics, music, meals, and numerous different fields. Lebanese Canadians have additionally given again to their communities by means of their laborious work, dedication, and love for his or her household and neighborhood, all of which replicate core Canadian values.
November marks Canada’s first nationwide #LebaneseHeritageMonth!
— Canadian Heritage (@CdnHeritage) November 1, 2023
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