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February 22, 2019 – Saint Lucia Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the members of the Canadian Saint Lucian community on the occasion of the 40th Saint Lucia Independence Day.

 

On February 22 1979, Saint Lucia became a fully independent nation, after 165 years of British control. Independence came after a transitional period lasting 17 years, during which the Saint Lucian government had full control over internal governance, but defense and external affairs of the island nation were still managed by the British government.

 

Today, Saint Lucia remains a constitutional monarchy and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, but is fully autonomous in all aspects of governance.

 

In celebration of Independence Day, festive parades and carnivals are held. Sports competitions, pageants and kite flying, also feature prominently around the island nation, in the days leading up to February 22nd.

 

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.