Events celebrating a diverse community will continue throughout June, the city of Brampton announced earlier this week. The city said Monday that it would be adapting its online event programming given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ill be promoting several key events through online celebrations, including June’s Heritage Months and National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21.
The videos will be made available on the City’s YouTube and social media channels throughout the month. In 2019, the City launched the Community Recognition Program to honour Brampton’s diversity. While in-person group celebrations are not possible this year, the city said it is encouraging everyone to take the opportunity to celebrate and learn about Brampton’s Mosaic community. Join Brampton’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations online on June 21 by participating in kids’ activities, cooking traditional recipes, and watching videos including: an opening prayer, remarks from Mayor Brown, a presentation from Indigenous scholar Jesse Thistle, traditional performances, music from Twin Flames band, and a closing prayer.
“I encourage everyone to learn about other cultures and get to know the many communities that make up our diverse city,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said Monday. “Though we are not hosting celebrations in person this year, discover Brampton’s diversity with the celebrations we have made available online!” June is proclaimed as Filipino Heritage Month, Italian Heritage Month, and Portuguese Heritage Month in Brampton. Each of these communities will be honoured with special video messages from Mayor Brown and Councillors this year.
This digital event is organized in partnership with The Indigenous Network. The celebration will be available online at www.brampton.ca/NIPD. The city and Peel Pride will recognize Pride in July. Details of this celebration will be released in the coming weeks.