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Canada-Sierra Leone Heritage Day 2017

Sierra Leone Cultural Heritage Day

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary and it is expected to be a fun-filled experience, with diverse communities within the country looking to take advantage of the occasion to highlight their identity in celebrating this historic event.

The Sierra Leonean Community of British Columbia (SLCBC) – a non-profit community association, registered under the BC Societies Act is participating in the 150th anniversary celebrations with its Canada-Sierra Leone Heritage Day 2017.

Speaking with Leanwords, the Organization’s president Albert Mackoty said, “The Canada-Sierra Leone Heritage Day 2017 is a project designed to be our annual reminder of our storied past, and an opportunity to honour the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to this province and the city of Surrey’s unique heritage.”

“We believe this event will help promote the important message of diversity, multiculturalism, and community building”, he said.

According to the organizers, the event promises to feature local artists, as well as presenting cultural performances, cocktail reception, dinner, dance and an awards ceremony. It is expected to draw dignitaries such as the mayor of Surrey, Linda Hepner, as well as city councilpors and other grassroots influencers.

Canada and Sierra Leone share a unique relationship, having established diplomatic relations in 1961. According to the government of Canada’s website, “Canada and Sierra Leone are connected by a unique historical link. Freetown, the capital of present-day Sierra Leone, was founded in 1792 by a contingent of over one thousand settlers, including some from Halifax and other areas of Nova Scotia.” However, it is important to know that despite the diplomatic ties, both countries do not have official embassies in the other country. Canada is represented in Sierra Leone by the High Commission of Canada in Accra, while Sierra Leone has been represented in Canada since 1973 by its Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The event is scheduled to take place on May 6th, 2017 starting at 6:00pm at the Fleetwood Community Centre in Surrey BC.

For more information, contact Albert Mackoty via email albertmackoty@yahoo.com

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