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Multicultural Expo returning to MacDonald Island Park for first time since 2020

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The Multicultural Affiliation of Wooden Buffalo (MCA) is internet hosting its annual Multicultural Expo subsequent month. This would be the first time the celebration of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo’s multiculturalism has been held in-person since February 2020.

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The expo will embrace meals, performances and actions from greater than 40 international locations and cultures from each continent. A Welcome Honest portion for newcomers will even present newcomers to the area with details about native non-profits, instructional alternatives, housing and authorities companies obtainable in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

“Expo is an effective introduction for newcomers to see all of the cultures obtainable in Fort McMurray. They’ll meet individuals from their very own tradition and meet new individuals from completely different ones,” stated MCA occasions supervisor Rasha Hassan. “Expo hosts all of those cultures in a single place.”

The occasion coincides with the discharge of the 2021 RMWB census, which exhibits the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area is turning into more and more various.

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About 60 per cent of individuals residing within the area are white, down from 64 per cent within the 2018 census. The second largest ethnic group within the area is South East Asian at 7.2 per cent and South Asian is the third largest at 6.7 per cent.

About 3.2 per cent of individuals recognized as African, adopted by combined ethnicities (2.44 per cent), Black or African Canadian (two per cent), European (1.73 per cent), Arab (1.41 per cent), Hispanic or Latin American (1.08 per cent), Caribbean (0.67 per cent) and Oceanic (0.13 per cent).

First Nation reserves weren’t included within the census as a result of they fall underneath federal jurisdiction. However the census discovered seven per cent of individuals residing within the municipality are Indigenous.

“We’ve been doing the expo just about for the final two years due to the restrictions, however many issues can’t be finished just about,” stated Hassan. “You possibly can’t strive the completely different meals, you may’t discuss with the individuals there, the performances are restricted in what they’ll do. It’s not a full appreciation of all of the cultures which can be present in Fort McMurray.”

The expo can be held at MacDonald Island Park on Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to six p.m. Tickets, volunteer kinds and data will be discovered at

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