Canadian Ethnocultural Council
Extends Condolences to Families and Friends of Tsunami Victims
Ottawa, January 7, 2005
The Canadian Ethnocultural Council (CEC) extends deepest condolences
and sympathies to the family and friends of those affected by the
massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that have claimed over
165,000 lives to date. "This tragic event touches many Canadians
and is a reminder of the bonds we share with people around the world"
said Oleh Romaniw, President of the CEC.
"We are heartened to see the incredible and compassionate
response of ordinary people from all communities. They have taken
action to offer help in some way, shape or form no matter how small.
The collective outpouring of humanity has crossed borders, disregarded
religious and cultural differences and is indicative of the globalization
of humanitarian response" added Anna Chiappa, Executive Director
of the CEC.
The CEC praises the provincial governments, the Government of Canada
and Prime Minister Paul Martin for initiatives taken thus far and
urges the extension to double financial contributions beyond January
11, 2005. "This should be a long term commitment that we are
making and it will require continued contributions and support by
many communities. Reconstruction efforts will take months, even
years" says Oleh Romaniw.
We also commend the Minister of Immigration for her quick action
in meeting with affected ethnocultural communities. "There
is much concern and we urge a fast facilitation of family reunification,
where children and spouses are concerned. We urge the Canadian Government
to look at innovative ways for sponsorship and support for communities",
suggests Oleh Romaniw. The CEC appeals to all Canadians, regardless
of background, to support the relief efforts and join in a national
memorial service on January 8th , 2005.
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For more information contact
Anna Chiappa, Executive Director, (613)230-3867,
fax (613) 230-8051 or email@example.com
The Canadian Ethnocultural Council is a coalition of over 30 national
ethnocultural organizations, which in turn represent over 2,000
local chapters across Canada. Its mandate is to work towards the
elimination of racism and to promote the understanding of the multicultural
reality of Canada as defined in The Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms and The Canadian Multiculturalism Act.
CANADIAN ETHNOCULTURAL COUNCIL -
CONSEIL ETHNOCULTUREL DU CANADA
176 Gloucester St., Suite 400,
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0A6, Canada
tel (613) 230-3867, fax (613) 230-8051
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