FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2017 (Duncan, BC) The Cowichan Intercultural Society welcomes all Cowichan residents to ‘Stand in Solidarity’ in response to this past weekend’s shooting attack on a mosque in Quebec City. The vigil takes place at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Duncan City Square on Craig Street, where attendees will observe a moment of silence. Those unable to join the public vigil are invited to hold their moment of silence wherever they may be.
‘Our hearts go out to the families and community of Sainte Foy (Quebec City) during this sad time,’ Marcel Aubin, Cowichan Intercultural Society President states. Over the past 35 years, the Cowichan Intercultural Society has welcomed and settled over 15,000 New Canadians to the Cowichan Region, including refugees from Vietnam, Somalia, Iran and Syria. ‘Cowichan Valley residents have demonstrated time and again how neighbourly and open hearted our community is. Over the past year, Cowichan has welcomed and settled nearly 80 Syrian refugees and shown compassion and support in the families’ healthy integration as newcomers,’ applauds Aubin.
The Cowichan Intercultural Society will pay respects to the victims and their families while calling to action a commitment to stand in solidarity for diversity and inclusion. City of Duncan Mayor Phil Kent expressed, ‘ in response to acts of hatred and violence, Canadians rise above with strength and love. This vigil signifies our community’s commitment to stand in solidarity for those targeted by discrimination and intolerance.’
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Jennifer Yee Fairweather
Intercultural Partnership Network Coordinator
Cowichan Intercultural Society
205 – 394 Duncan St
Duncan BC V9L 3W4
About the Cowichan Intercultural Society
The Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) is spearheading the movement to welcome and support refugees to the community. CIS is the leading immigrant and refugee aid organization in the region. We facilitate mutual respect, trust, support and education in the culturally diverse Cowichan Valley. Our vision is of an inclusive and welcoming community, where every person feels valued and has a sense of belonging. Learn more at cis-iwc.org.