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REPORTING · 14th March 2013
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Multicultural Society held their Annual Multicultural Potluck Dinner on Saturday, March 9th. It was a night of entertainment, community and most importantly, food.

“This is our pride. This is the Kitimat Multicultural Society’s International Potluck Dinner Night,” said Raymond Raj. “Kitimat is a town that welcomes everybody with open arms because this is a multicultural town. Today, we are having this potluck dinner. It is not designated to any one particular organization but most of the food there is cooked by the East Indian Community.”

Of course there were welcoming speeches from local speakers. Mayor Joanne Monaghan got up to thank everyone for come. “Multicultural is what Kitimat is all about. Mayor and Council want to thank all of the organizers at this event,” said Monaghan. She introduced the two Councillors who were present, Councillor Rob Goffinet and Councillor Edwin Empinado.

She also read a greeting from the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Jason Kenny.

Francoise Godet, the Constituency Assistant to Nathan Cullen expressed how the people were gathered to celebrate multiculturalism, and in 1971, Canada became the first country to adopt multiculturalism as a policy, guaranteeing all Canadian Citizens value and dignity regardless of their racial, ethnic, language or religious affiliations.

“The Canadian Experience has shown the world that multiculturalism encourages racial and ethnic harmony and cross cultural understanding. Canadian Multiculturalism is integral in our belief that all citizens are equal. Our diversity is a national asset. When people from all backgrounds make Canada their home, they bring with them their rich cultural values, professional work skills and common aspirations. Collectively, humanity, our goals and our shared experience makes us stronger,” said Gadet.

MLA Robin Austin got up to say it the Multicultural Dinner is one of the best events in the community. It is what Canada is all about because many of the people who were there were at one time immigrants to Canada.

With little further ado, grace was said and dinner was served. It was a collection of dishes from around the world and a sampling of many different stylings of cuisine.

Following came the entertainment, a collection of dances from the Luso Canadian Children, Fil-Can Youth and Fil-Can Ladies. The final bit of entertainment for the night came from Fil-Can, Gangnam Dance.

The finale was joined by Councillor Edwin Empinado who even dragged Councillor Rob Goffinet out onto the Dance Floor. It was once again, a terrific night.

However, the Multicultural Society only has four members right now. They are looking for other people to join their organization. “We are doing our best to keep this association together. I don’t know how long we’ll be able to do it, but we are doing it. Please, we need support, not just here but doing everything every day, running the organization,” said Raj.

He stated having better support would lead to better programs in the community.