The Diversity Walk takes place on March 18th, and like every year the date selected is intended to coincide as closely as possible with March 21st: the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The 2015 Diversity Walk was titled ‘Walk to End Racial Discrimination’. This year we have shifted the theme, with the label of ‘Walk to Embrace Cultural Diversity’.
Like last year, we will begin at Wilson House (115 Tranquille Rd.) at 11am. We begin with opening remarks from MC Stephen Puhallo (E.D. NSBIA), and Paul Lagacé (Executive director of Kamloops Immigrant Services) will acknowledge first nations territory. There will be an opening prayer and song from Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, and hot drinks all around. Thereafter, we have international flags for participants to carry, and we all march up Tranquille Rd. to Kamloops Immigrant Services (448 Tranquille Rd).
In 2015 we had roughly 120 people by the time all arrived at Immigrant Services, but this year recent events have cast a bit more attention on our agency, and we are expecting more. We will have dignitaries in attendance, including MP Cathy McLeod, Mayor Peter Milobar and Councillors Ken Christian, Dieter Dudy, Arjun Singh, and Tina Lange, and Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc.