Monday, February 23, 2009

Please come out - catch up - take membership - and keep the momentum going...

"ANKUR" is a non-profit organization that promotes multicultural activities in Canada. This organization was founded in 2005 to sustain a supportive and proactive environment in which people from diverse backgrounds can come together for social interaction and cultural enrichment. It's objective is to celebrate cultural and ethnic activities that enrich the Canadian society in resonance with the philosophy that multiculturalism promotes equality for all regardless of color, culture, ethnicity, race, language, beliefs with a view to bringing social harmony in Canada.

Multiculturalism – A Canadian Value
We do not want that any individual should forget the land of their origin or their ancestors. Let them look to the past, but let them also look to the future; let them look to the land of their ancestors, but let them also look to the land of their children.

Immigrants have enriched Canada with their ideas and talents: Canada is a society built around existing Aboriginal peoples, two founding European cultures, and successive waves of immigration. Canada reflects a cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity that is found nowhere else on the earth.

The Multiculturalism Policy is based on the fundamental values that unite Canadians, such as respect for human rights, equality, and recognition of diversity.

Canada embraced diversity both in policy and practice. Diversity benefits the country economically and socially. By drawing upon the rich skills and ideas of individuals of different backgrounds, Canada gains competitive advantage over the nations.

The Arts in a Multicultural Canada:
Artists are creators, visionaries, and teachers and link us to our past and future. They query prejudices, break down barriers and challenge us to do the same. The arts provide a safe place for citizens to engage in democratic dialogue.

We know that there is much work to be done. A gap still exists between the expressed values of the Multiculturalism Policy and experience of many Canadians. We have yet to reach our goal of an inclusive society where diversity is embraced by everyone and where women and men of all backgrounds and beliefs have equal opportunities.

We have to remind ourselves that this is a work in progress that requires sustained attention, vigilance and commitment.

Please come out - catch up - take membership - and keep the momentum going...