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REPORTING · 6th July 2011
Walter McFarlane
It was Aboriginal Day on June 25th. As a part of the celebrations, the Kitimat Multicultural Society held their annual flag raising ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce.

“Kitimat is a multicultural community, these flags represent some of the cultures that we have here,” said Siccoro Gutierrez. She thanked the volunteers.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan was called forward to speak a few words. She thanked the organizers for enriching our culture. Member of Legislative Assembly Robin Austin spoke about the citizenship ceremony where over forty people represented 13 countries.

“Even though we don’t live in a big city, we still have a broad range of people from all over the world who come and choose to live in Northwest BC and in Kitimat. It’s a very vibrant part of our culture to share in our diversity, it’s an important aspect of living in Canada,” said Austin.

Raymond Raj from the Multicultural society encouraged people to come to the Multicultural society meetings. He thanked the immigrants for coming to Canada and bringing their culture with them. He also encouraged people to get involved in the social, political and economical processes

“one thing we leave behind is the oppression and hardship we faced. We come to this country because it offered us something better,” said Raj.

He also thanked the Federal NDP for what they were doing at the time, filibustering the vote on the postal lock out. He thanked them for their belief in social justice, equality and workers rights.