Video — Canadian Multiculturalism Day — Minister Chagger

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Transcript of the video Canadian Multiculturalism day 2021

Duration of the video: 00:02:10

This video contains a narration.

[The video start with a black screen with the following text : This video was filmed before the terrible discovery in Saskatchewan. Minister Chagger is wholeheartedly with the Cowessess First Nation, and all Indigenous communities across Canada.

A calm soundtrack plays during the video.

The first sequence shows an orange watercolour background moving with the text "Happy Canadian Multiculturalism Day!" Then, the Honorable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth appears. The background is grey.]

Hello.

Multiculturalism Day is about celebrating Canada’s cultural diversity and the tremendous contributions that communities have made, and continue to make.

And, as we build a multicultural Canada, we have a lot to learn from Indigenous peoples.

[The image turns into a photo of an Indigenous woman holding a baby on her back.]

I think of the Ojibwe (ob-jib-way) seven grandfather teachings of wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility, and truth.

The image again presents Minister Chagger who continues her message:

I understand that these teachings are about showing compassion, building mutual respect, loving freely, and being brave enough to do the right thing.

These qualities can also serve as a roadmap for us to build a more consciously inclusive and equitable Canada.

[The image turns into a photo of three women from different ethnicities taking a selfie in winter. A note appears on the image: This photo was taken before COVID-19. Please respect public health measures including the wearing of masks and social distancing.]

We’ve come a long way since multiculturalism became an official policy 50 years ago, but we must remember that there’s still a long road ahead.

[The image turns into a photo of a family composed of two young kids, a mother, a father and a grandmother. The image goes back to Minister Chagger who continues her message.]

Recently, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, and just days later we learned about a horrific attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario that left four dead, and a young boy, just 9 years old, seriously injured and orphaned.

These tragedies remind us that systemic racism is part of Canada’s history, and that countless racialized people, religious minorities, and Indigenous peoples still experience racism every day.

[The image turns into a photo of a group of 6 kids smiling from different ethnicities. The image turn into a photo of 3 young girls holding each other. On both of these photos the note appears: This photo was taken before COVID-19. Please respect public health measures including the wearing of masks and social distancing.The image turns into a photo of 2 men laughing and holding hands at a beach. The image turn into a photo of 2 grandparents with a young boy.]

A multicultural society is a work in progress. It requires us to be brave enough to face these painful truths head on, to actively listen to diverse communities, and to make meaningful changes in our day-to-day lives.

This Multiculturalism Day, I encourage you to participate in activities and events across the country, and learn more about your neighbours, friends, and colleagues.

[The image goes back to Minister Chagger who continues her message.]

We all need to stand up for inclusion and diversity every day in our workplaces, schools, and homes. It will take courage, commitment, and hard work, but I know we’re up to the task.

Be well, stay safe.

The video ends with the Canada wordmark.

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