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August 6, 2019 – Jamaican Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my best wishes to members of the Canadian Jamaican community on the occasion of Jamaican Independence Day.


The island-nation of Jamaica gained its independence on August 6th, 1962, following nearly 300 years of British rule. Following the gradual dissolution of the British Empire in the 1950’s, the Constitution of Jamaica was amended to allow for greater self-governing powers, including the establishment of the position of Prime Minister of Jamaica.


In celebration of Jamaican Independence Day, a variety of parades and festivals are typically held throughout the first week of August. Traditional and dance music can be heard throughout the island during this time, with performers and community members alike dancing along the streets.


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.