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January 26, 2018 – India Republic Day

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Canadians of Indian heritage as they celebrate India Republic Day.

 On January 26, 1949, the Constitution of India was adopted, marking the transition of India from a British protectorate to a Republic. 

Republic Day is remembered as the time when India finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and others who fought and sacrificed their lives for the independence of their country.  In India, this national holiday is celebrated with parades and cultural programs reflecting the rich diversity of the country.

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. 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.