Celebrating diversity is an important part of what it means to be Canadian and this idea holds true here in the northeast corner of Winnipeg.
Our growing neighbourhoods are places where diversity flourishes. Communities are coming together to celebrate and learn about our many cultures and traditions.
One celebration that I recently had the pleasure of attending was Diwali Mela at the RBC Convention Centre. For Hindu families, Diwali, or "The Festival of Lights," honours Rama-chandra, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu.
People lit their houses with small oil lamps, called diyas, to celebrate his victory of light over darkness. For Sikh families, Diwali marks the return of Guru Hargobind Ji from imprisonment.
Diwali celebrations may vary in different communities, but its significance and spiritual meaning revolves around "the awareness of the inner light." Diwali Mela at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg highlighted the beautiful colours, lights, dances and tasty food that comes with celebrating Diwali.
As the recently appointed Minister of Labour and Immigration, I am very excited for all of the opportunities, celebrations and learning experiences that this position brings. Since 2000, 125,000 newcomers have settled in Manitoba through the Provincial Nominee Program.
Importantly, an independent study found that 85% of provincial nominees were working after three months of arriving in Manitoba, and 89% of these workers had permanent jobs.
The success of the Provincial Nominee Program can be seen right here in Rossmere. More and more families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds are making a home in our neighbourhood.
Having such dynamic, diverse communities contributes to the success of this amazing corner of Winnipeg. Exciting events that celebrate our diversity are being held across northeast Winnipeg, put on by our excellent schools, community clubs and local organizations.
If you are interested in any upcoming events or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 204-667-7244 or by email at Erna.Braun@yourmanitoba.ca for more information.