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Minister Aileen Carroll to give an update on Canada's response
to the Tsunami disaster

Ottawa, May 11, 2005 -- The Circle of Canadians is holding its second annual commemoration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 17 at the National Press Club, 165 Sparks St. with a debriefing on the Canada's tsunami relief effort.

The Honourable Aileen Carroll Minister of International Cooperation will provide an overview on measures taken by the Canadian government in response to the Tsunami disaster of December 26, 2005. A panel representing a number of international development agencies will give an overview of their activities in support of the emergency aid. These include Mr. Kevin McCort, Vice President Programmes for Care Canada; Mr Paul Davidson, Executive Director for WUSC and Hau Sing Tse, Vice President, Asia Branch of the Canadian International Development Agency.

"It is important that we are aware of how those who were affected by the December 26 earthquake and tsunami have been helped by Canadians. Our global diversity links us together and this day is a reminder of our commitment to sustainable human development and our common humanity.'' said Naseema Siddiqui, President of the Circle of Canadians.

For information contact Salma Siddiqui at 864-4306 or coc@magma.ca


The Circle of Canadians is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission it "to promote our common identity as Canadians and our ideals under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".

The Circle has arisen for a felt need to support our Canadian identity and ideals, emphasizing our common values and our commitment to the collective, while still preserving and respecting the individual and human rights. The primary focus of the Circle is to facilitate a greater depth of understanding about various ancestries, ethnicities, cultures and faiths as Canadians and to promote a broad-based appreciation and interest in the enriching diversity of our world, united within our nation.

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