2017 marks a special milestone for Canada, the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. This anniversary provides a unique opportunity for Canada to share our values and sense of what it means to be Canadian.
Canada is an incredibly diverse country. It is because of the richness of this diversity that our country is so vibrant culturally, politically, economically and socially. We have become a model of inclusiveness, of innovation, a defender of human rights in all their forms, and of progressive values.
The Government of Canada’s vision for this year seeks to bring people together, and inspire them to create a human connection. Celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary were kicked off on 31 December on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The festivities will continue to take place across Canada and overseas throughout the year to mark this important anniversary in Canada’s history. Over the course of the next six months, the High Commission of Canada will be organising and partnering in various events to celebrate. Stay tuned for information on upcoming activities by following the High Commission of Canada in Barbados’ Facebook page@CanadainBarbados.
8 March 2017 marks International Women’s Day. As part of the 150th anniversary events, Canada would also like to highlight the importance of gender equality in the region by launching a competition called “Become High Commissioner for a Day”. Young people aged16-19 from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be invited to send us a 60-90 second video,telling us how they can champion women’s equality in the region. The winner will assume the role of High Commissioner of Canada for that day, and also meet inspiring women leaders.
See the High Commission of Canada’s Facebook (@CanadainBarbados) page for more information. The competition launches today (February 8th, 2017)
The High Commission of Canada is pleased to partner with key role models such as Senator Kerryann Ifill, President of the Senate and Senator Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Barbados and UN Women.