Moved by Mayor Brown
Seconded by Regional Councillor Santos
Whereas City Council recognizes that Brampton is strengthened by its diverse and multicultural communities that bolster its place as a world-class city and Canada’s top municipalities to live, play and work;
Whereas City Council recognizes the historic and ongoing contributions of Somali communities in this city to the rich legacy and growth of Brampton, including in the important domains of city building, business, culture, arts, sports, and civic life;
Whereas City Council recognizes that Brampton is home to one of the largest Somali communities in Ontario;
Whereas the Ontario’s legislature has proclaimed the week of June 25 through July 1 in each year as Somali Heritage Week.
Whereas the federal parliament is considering a Bill C-348 to establish July, in every year, as Somali Heritage Month throughout Canada;
Whereas City Council wishes to celebrate the contributions of Somali communities in Brampton and also support the efforts of Somali communities to preserve its cultures and heritage;
Now, therefore, City Council decides that:
- The month of July, in every year, be established and proclaimed as Somali Heritage Month to celebrate the rich contributions of Somali communities in Brampton; and
- City Council support and endorse the efforts of Somali communities to establish a Somali Centre for Culture and Recreation and that City Council request the Mayor to issue a letter to the Premier, Prime Minister and the relevant Ministers urging them to support the communities’ efforts in building and sustaining this important initiative.
*(See Item 6.4)