A celebration of multiculturalism and inclusion will be held by the County of Kings on Oct. 30. Now in its fifth year, the event celebrates the diversity of the citizens within Kings County.
“This event allows us to highlight the richness of cultures that make up Kings County and provides the opportunity for us, as a municipal unit, to share the work we are doing to eliminate discrimination and racism,” said Warden Diana Brothers.
This year’s event will feature belly dancer Angie Oriana Jenkins and flamenco dancer Sandra Tzuporah. George Paul, writer of the Mi’kmaq Honour Song from Metepenagiag First Nation (Red Bank, New Brunswick), will perform the song. Other performers include Makayla Lynn, an up and coming singer, and local favourites Shoulder to Shoulder. Marimba player Naoka Tsujita from Japan will be featured during the event’s opening reception.
In addition to the musical performances, the event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard. Currently a professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Social Work, Bernard’s research focuses on the impact of racism and violence. A community advocate, Bernard has received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada, which she received for her work in race and racism.
Those attending the event will also hear the story of Uriem Lidu, a business student at Acadia University, who, in 1998, trekked almost 500 kilometres with his family from the Republic of South Sudan to a refugee camp in Kenya.
Cari Patterson from Horizons Community Development, which worked with the municipal Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination Committee to create the Action Plan for Ending Racism and Discrimination, will provide an update on the work that has been completed so far.
The event will be held at the Old Orchard Inn from 5:30-8:30 p.m.