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September 21, 2020 – Armenian Independence Day

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

In Armenia, Independence Day is an official holiday that commemorates the establishment of the Republic of Armenia after nearly seven decades of Soviet rule. On August 23, 1990, the Declaration of State Sovereignty was adopted, proclaiming the Armenian SSR abolished and the establishment of the Republic of Armenia. On September 21, 1991, the people of Armenia voted in a referendum to proclaim independence from the Soviet Union. Armenia gained formal independence on December 26, 1991, coinciding with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

In celebration of Armenian Independence Day, commemorative concerts and street fairs are held in the capital of Yerevan and across the nation. Armenian Diasporas across the globe commemorate the occasion with festivals, flag-raising ceremonies and the singing of the Armenian national anthem.

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.