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July 5, 2017 – Armenian Constitution Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to the Canadian Armenian community on the occasion of Armenian Constitution Day.

The Constitution of Armenia was adopted in a nationwide referendum on July 5, 1995, four years after Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union.  The 117 Article Constitution established Armenia as a democratic, sovereign, social and constitutional state.  On November 27, 2005, a national referendum was held and Armenians voted overwhelmingly in favour of the revisions to the Constitution that were necessary in order for Armenia to join the Council of Europe.

Armenian Constitution Day is a public holiday and commemorates the creation of a new governmental framework and the beginning of a new era for the country.  The day is marked with speeches and cultural performances featuring traditional music and dance.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. As we celebrate Canada 150 this year, it is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.

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