On Saturday, July 13, 2019, AHC held its 3rd annual multicultural talent show. The event was well attended with more than 300 participants who engaged the crowd in song, dance, music and entertainment showcasing their diverse and wonderful array of talents. Staff and volunteers also provided henna and activities for the children.
At this event, we invited members of the Cree, Dene, Metis and numerous other Indigenous nations in Treaty No. 6 as many of our community members are newcomers to amiskwacîwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ Edmonton, and we looked forward to providing the community more opportunities to learn more about Indigenous experiences, rights and culture. An opening Land Acknowledgement and a Cree prayer was presented by Lloyd Cardinal, who shared some of the Cree History and sang a wonderful Cree song.
Social bonds can be improved greatly through art, cultural and recreational activities. Social interaction, through such events, has been proven to break down unfamiliarity, fear and isolation. They also promote social cohesion and peaceful coexistence among diverse community groups. Such activities play a very essential role in promoting sustainable social development for future generations as youth can act as a bridge between cultures and serve as key agents in promoting peace and intercultural understanding.
This event served to strengthen the integration between communities and show a sense of identity and belonging for people of all ages, Such activities play a very essential role in promoting sustainable social and economic development for future generations, as youth can act as a bridge between cultures and serve as key agents in promoting peace and intercultural understanding.
View images from the event below.