June 27, 2021

As we mark National Multiculturalism Day let us all pledge to do whatever we can, each of us in our own way, to foster the spirit of diversity that is an intrinsic part of who we are as Canadians. This year is the 50th anniversary of Canada’s official multiculturalism policy, and it is worth noting that we were the first country in the world to enact such an initiative. We have every right to be proud of that fact, and I believe that our society continues to be among the most welcoming, caring and peaceful in the world.

However, it is very important that we never become complacent. We must always remember that the process of building communities that welcome all people is an ongoing continuum. We have made good progress through the decades, but there are still citizens among us who face discrimination due to their culture, faith or ethnicity, who are hurting or frightened, and who need our understanding and support.

We can continue to build on the accepting nature of our communities by listening to, and understanding one another, by recognizing where we can and must do better, and by devoting our talents and energies to furthering positive change. I know that we will continue to strengthen the fabric of our society so that everyone feels free to proudly share the full measure of their identity and their strengths with us all.

As Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in Alberta, I offer heartfelt thanks to everyone who shares in this very important goal and wish you continued success in your very important efforts.

Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani AOE, B.Sc., LLD (hon), Lieutenant Governor of Alberta