Statement by Minister Hussen on World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture

Canadian Heritage

Today, on the World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture, we celebrate the many vibrant cultures from across the African continent and the African diasporas around the world.

The World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture is a great opportunity to promote the need for sustainable development, dialogue and peace around the world, while also highlighting how these cultures have contributed greatly to building a stronger Canada.

Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice. As part of our commitment to advance the aims of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Government of Canada is supporting the social and economic empowerment of Black Canadians and communities of African descent. We’re doing this through initiatives like the Black Entrepreneurship Program and the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative.

We also recognize that more needs to be done to address anti-Black racism in all aspects of our society, and we remain committed to tackling all forms of racism, discrimination and hate through the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat.

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