Caribbean Heritage Month- Bill 139
We are reaching out to stakeholders, community groups and those connected to the Caribbean-Canadian community to gather feedback on establishing a provincial Caribbean Heritage Month.
Based on consultation with the Caribbean Canadian community, on November 6th, 2019, Bill 139 was tabled to proclaim August as Caribbean Heritage Month.
An Act to proclaim the month of August in each year as Caribbean Heritage Month.
By proclaiming the month of August as Caribbean Heritage Month, the Province of Ontario recognizes the economic, political, social and cultural achievements and contributions of Caribbean Canadians in all aspects of Ontario society. Like many immigrants who have made Ontario their home, Caribbean Canadians are proud to be part of diverse communities across the province.
The month of August is significant to the Caribbean community as August 1 is Emancipation Day, which is celebrated in Ontario and many of the countries in the Caribbean. Today, several festivals also take place across Ontario over the month of August that highlight the rich culture and diverse heritage of the Caribbean. Many of these celebrations reflect the traditions of popular festivals in the region, which celebrate independence or the end of harvest season.
Caribbean Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the history of the Caribbean region, its culture and the significant contributions that Caribbean Canadians continue to make across Ontario.
We are seeking feedback prior to second reading of bill 139 early next year. What changes would you like to see to this bill? How can we improve the language or impact for Caribbean Canadians? Share your thoughts with us.
Please provide your feedback below. All answers will be collected as part of the ongoing consultation process with community stakeholders. Feedback will be shared during the second reading debate and will inform any future amendments, should the bill pass second reading.
Thank you for your feedback and support.
Do you feel August is the appropriate choice to celebrate Caribbean heritage, history and culture in Ontario?
What changes would you like to see in Bill 139?
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