The day was part of the inspiration for a month-long event called On the Land We Love
CITY OF COLLINGWOOD
On Sunday, June 27, the Town of Collingwood will join communities across the country in celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
Canadian Multiculturalism Day invites all Canadians to discover the diverse cultures that animate Canadian society. Our diversity enriches our society, Canadian Multiculturalism Day encourages all of us to celebrate and reflect on our values of diversity, including the many different races, religions and cultural practices of our nation.
On June 27, participate in virtual activities taking place across the country, allowing Canadians to celebrate together and learn more about the importance of multiculturalism in Canada, how it has shaped our history and how it enriches our present. . Find out more here:
In Collingwood, the On The Land We Love program, which runs from June 5 to July 21, is inspired by Canadian Multiculturalism Day, as well as World Environment Day, National Indigenous Peoples Day and of Canada Day. The program brings together community, culture, arts and heritage to celebrate the rich diversity of Collingwood through the stories and experiences of our community and the relationship to where we live and grow together.
Throughout the month of May, community members were encouraged to submit an expression of their connection to this land through art, language, photographs, music or dance, allowing others to hear , to see and feel how the place where we live shapes who they are!
These expressions can be found online at www.collingwood.ca/ontheland or “on the ground” through a series of interactive beacons positioned in outdoor spaces, including along the Collingwood trails, in parks and in downtown Collingwood, in mapped loops of varying lengths ranging from 2 km at 10 km. Consider exploring these expressions on this Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
Plus, check out previous recordings of the Telling Our Stories series from the Town of Collingwood, including: a presentation by Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell who, during Black History Month, explored the role of the storytelling as a catalyst for social change; and Collingwood poet Laureate Claudia Ferraro who spoke with published Canadian authors Phoebe Wang, Laura Ritland, Randy Lundy and Michael Fraser on the occasion of National Poetry Month. Access recordings on www.collingwood.ca/ontheland.
Finally, check out the upcoming activities in the On The Land We Love free virtual workshop series:
Wednesday June 30, 6.30 p.m. – Cooking with spices and flair with Marianna Volpe Knights
Join Marianna and our Syrian friends on a baklava cooking adventure. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to prepare a recipe with our kitchen facilitator. Discover different foods, spices and celebrations as part of your dining experience. A list of recommended ingredients will be provided upon registration (vegetarian). This session is sponsored by the Collingwood Youth Center.
Wednesday July 7 6:30 p.m. – Pollinate Collingwood with Jessica Lehr
Bees, butterflies and other native pollinators are vital to our ecosystem and essential to life. Learn about the different plants that insect pollinators rely on and how you can support pollinators. This session will include activities to make houses for pollinators.
Wednesday July 14, 6:30 p.m. – Bamtastic! A drum workshop with Bam
This is a one hour interactive workshop with an introduction to the different types of drums and the sounds they produce. Bam will host a virtual drum circle that will lead the group in various beats and rhythms. The bucket drum is encouraged if participants do not have a hand drum.
Pre-register today on www.collingwood.ca/ontheland