International Day of Families

From the United Nations: “The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year.This year’s observance focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.”  READ MORE

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day (actually celebrated on September 16). In fact, in Mexico itself Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday outside of the state of Puebla. However, this holiday is observed in a big way in the United States, particularly in states with high Mexican-American populations, such as California, Arizona and Texas. More and more Canadians are celebrating Cinco de Mayo as well, including those with Mexican roots and those without. Just as you don’t have to have Irish heritage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to have Mexican heritage to join in on the fun of Cinco de Mayo!canada-mexico

Holocaust Memorial Day

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Also known as Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, this day is observed in Israel and in local communities throughout the Jewish Diaspora.  It is a secular holiday, separate from the holy days of mourning in the religious calendar of Judaism.

More than 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust.

For more information:

Jewish Virtual Library

Times of Israel

Vancouver HEC

 

Jackie Robinson Day

jroOn April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In doing so, he became the first African-American to play in the major leagues of baseball, breaking the racist colour barriers that shamefully tarnish the history of the great game of baseball. Jackie Robinson was a wonderfully talented player who earned the praise of fans for his play on the field. He also earned praise for his courage and determination in the face of a racist society that continued to resist the equal participation of non-whites in the game and in the everyday life of the nation. Robinson faced racial taunting and violence on the field, and untold indignities and threats away from the ballpark. Thankfully his determination led the way for more black players to follow and helped our society move along the long slow path towards changing attitudes, promoting acceptance and tolerance, and the goal of eliminating racism. Today in all MLB parks, players will wear #42 in honour of Jackie Robinson.

International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

The theme for 2017 is #BeBoldForChange.  Use this hashtag with your social media posts to raise awareness and challenge your social circle.  According to intertnationalwomensday.com, we are all urged to “Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world– a more gender inclusive world.”

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Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week in Canada concludes on March 4.

As  we celebrate, and defend, our Freedom to Read, it is important to remember that the Freedom to Read means nothing if people don’t choose to read.  Compared to most of human history and to most of the world today, we in Canada in the 21st Century are a very literate society.  We CAN read.  But do we?  We are not an illiterate society. But are we an aliterate society?

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

(Source: Unknown, but variations popularly attributed to Mark Twain.)
Freedom To Read Week 2017
Freedom To Read Week 2017

Find out more: freedomtoread.ca

 

Freedom to Read Week

Freedom To Read Week 2017
Freedom To Read Week 2017

Canada’s Freedom to Read Week is February 26 to March 4, 2017.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your freedom to read and many other hard fought liberties that sometimes we take for granted as Canadians. Know your rights and freedoms. Cherish them. Protect them. Exercise them.

Find out more: freedomtoreadweek.ca