The Keystone to Canada’s Cultural Mosaic model was set with the convergence of conflicting interests in the confederation of provinces a century and a half ago. A model that sought to protect diversified interests in an efficient, harmonious union. Thus the scaffolding to an evolving form of government was erected with which a one-hundred year socio-political construction project resulted in the Canadian constitution and charter of rights.
One hundred and fifty-years on, the Canadian Cultural Mosaic model has endured the test of time. A model that passionately aspires to protect its aboriginal citizens while shaping an efficient multi-cultural society in which diversity and minority are virtues that guarantee our success as a country on the leading edge of civilization.
Citizenship is as much a passionate commitment to Canadian Values by newcomers as it is a birthright for those who have enjoyed the fruits of those values for generations. This Canadian spirit continues to flourish not only with the compassionate embrace of new and diverse talents along with those tormented by inhumane turmoil around the world, but also by the continued acknowledgement of our debt to Aboriginals who inhabit this land for generations. Far from perfect, the Canadian model heralds the highest promise of success in the global tapestry of conflict and upheaval.
That keystone set a century and a half ago now emanates the warm glow of a promise to a bright future for anyone, irrespective of creed, orientation, color or origin. Despite its youth, today Canada boasts a confident socio-political structure that embraces change, welcomes the new, cherishes the different and takes pride in its traditions and values.
Iranians are among the latest of new devotees to Canada’s values. The dichotomy of an ancient cultural heritage that claims to be a cornerstone of modern civilization making home in a young country that aspires to building the future of humanity, further emphasizes the promise and richness of the Canadian model. Iranians, like many of the new immigrants to Canada over the past four decades, not only commit with passion, to the Canadian values but also cherish the opportunity to maintain the scaffolding that further shapes and enriches the Canadian dream of a promising future. A future of peace, prosperity and equality for all.
The Iranian new year is a gift from mother nature. A celebration of Spring that heralds renewal and growth, beauty and change. Nowruz is the culmination of another multi-cultural, ethnically diverse culture of several thousand years ago in Mesopotamia. The Iranian new year does not belong to a specific creed or nationality. All of humanity belongs to the bosom of nature that shares its celebration of rebirth, growth and beauty with us. It is with Nowruz, that the ancient quilt of Iranian culture fits flush within the Canadian cultural mosaic to celebrate the one hundred and fifty year anniversary of a model that was born many thousand years ago.
Senior Artistic Adviser