BRANDON, September 17, 2015— Passages Canada, in partnership with Brandon University, held a film screening and panel discussion exploring multiculturalism and identity to coincide with the university’s Student Orientation Week.
The evening began with a screening of the 2009 Sundance film Amreeka, the debut from director Cherien Dabis, about the struggles of a Palestinian family that relocates to small-town Illinois. The film was followed by a panel discussion reflecting on the changing and diverse cultural landscape in Brandon, moderated by Mayor Rick Chrest. Panelists included Passages Canada speaker Segun Olude, Brandon Correctional Centre Training Coordinator Barry French, Brandon University international student Iris Wang, and Brandon University Student Union General Manager Nataly Ore.
“We chose Brandon as the location for this event because like many towns in Canada there is a strong multicultural presence,” said Jill Paterson, Senior Program Manager at Historica Canada who attended the event. “Film screenings provide an excellent forum to engage people in discussion about diversity, discrimination and cross-cultural sensitivity.” Passages has held a series of panel events across the country to inspire dialogue about Canada’s cultural diversity.
Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue in Canadian communities. Our volunteer speakers share their personal experiences of identity, culture and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.
For more information:
Muna Gaye, Program Officer
T 416.506.1867 x 249
Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator
T 416.506.1867 x 261