Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism Muhammad Yaseen issued the following statement on Nigerian Heritage Month: “October is Nigerian Heritage Month in Alberta, a time to celebrate the many ways the Nigerian-Canadian community enriches the cultural mosaic of our province and to commemorate the anniversary of Nigeria’s independence. On Oct. 1, 1960, the country gained its sovereignty from British rule.
“Newcomers from Nigeria make up one of Alberta’s fastest-growing immigrant communities. The more than 27,000 Canadians of Nigerian heritage living throughout our province today are active
participants in Alberta’s social, economic and cultural life. “Since the early days of our area, people have come here to build a secure, prosperous life for themselves and their families. As minister of immigration and multiculturalism, I call on all Albertans to participate in helping achieve our shared vision of a future where everyone is respected and their contributions valued”.
Diversity is our history and the key to ensuring a brighter future for our province.
“Please join me in acknowledging the anniversary of Nigeria’s independence as we celebrate and reflect upon the Nigerian-Canadian community’s ongoing contributions to our province.”
In her reaction, Funke Olokude, the President of the Nigerian Canadian Association of Edmonton, thanked the provincial government and praised the efforts of all members of the Nigerian
community in Alberta. She stated, “We have been presented with yet another opportunity to showcase our community and sit at the table. I look forward to the possibilities we will create and conquer together.”