Gallery: Afro-Canadian competition returns to Fort McMurray

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It was a day of reside music, meals and sharing cultures because the Rehoboth Alliance held its third annual Afro-Canadian Pageant of Arts and Tradition at J. Howard Pew Park on August 13.

Regina Oppon, government director of the Rehoboth Alliance, stated the occasion was a response to the dearth of Afro-Caribbean occasions locally, and a want to share totally different cultures with others.

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However the competition has develop into an necessary occasion for group wellness and selling understanding between cultures, she stated. This 12 months, Oppon invited the Fort McMurray Ukrainian Cultural Society to have a presence on the occasion.

“I do know they’re traumatized. We’ve a camp with Ukrainian children and I instructed the mother and father it will be good to return out,” she stated. “In case you’re coming from a war-torn nation, it’s essential have one thing that may take your adverse power away.”

Oppon got here to Canada in 2003 from Sierra Leone, a rustic in West Africa that endured a civil battle from 1991 to 2002. She stated there are lots of individuals locally that come from international locations which have seen heavy conflicts.

“Everyone loves the nation of their origin and transferring away out of your nation in opposition to your personal selection makes it tougher. I’m grateful as a result of Canada could be very open and pleasant. We embrace everybody,” she stated. “As you may see right here, you see totally different cultures and totally different individuals, and that’s what life must be, with all of us dwelling as one.”

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