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March 26th, 2020 – Bangladeshi Independence Day

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


On March 26, 1971, Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, declared its independence from West Pakistan, following years of political and economic struggle.  The declaration of independence by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came with a heavy price – a nine month civil war during which approximately three million Bangladeshis were killed and millions more were displaced.


East Pakistan officially became The People’s Republic of Bangladesh on December 16, 1971.


Bangladeshis and the Bangladeshi Diaspora mark Bangladeshi Independence Day with parades and cultural festivals featuring food, music and traditional dance.  Commemorating the independence of one’s country is also about remembering the sacrifices which were made in the name of freedom.  In the past, I have had the privilege of participating in ceremonies to mark Bangladeshi Independence Day.  This is a very significant time in the life of the community.


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.