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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,
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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.
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