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February 7, 2019 – Grenadian Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Grenadian community on the occasion of the 45th Grenadian Independence Day.

On February 7, 1974, Grenada was granted independence from the United Kingdom and became a sovereign nation – the first country in the Eastern Caribbean to attain this status.  In the years immediately preceding independence, Grenada was known as an “Associated State of the United Kingdom”, which meant that it was responsible for its own internal affairs while the United Kingdom was responsible for defence and foreign affairs.

 

To mark the occasion, large-scale celebrations are hosted across the island-nation. Parades and festivities are held throughout the country; streets are adorned with Grenadian flags and the national colours of red, green and yellow. In the past, I have had the privilege of participating in ceremonies to mark Grenadian Independence Day. This is a very significant time in lives of all who celebrate.

 

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.