November 16th, 2016
Ms. Deborah Schulte, M.P.
House of Commons
Re: M-64 Italian Heritage Month
In regards to your motion requesting that June be declared Italian Heritage Month, the undersigned National Italian Canadian organization, the National Congress of the Italian Canadians (NCIC), National Federation of Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association (CIBPA) and the Order Sons of Italy (OSIC), wholeheartedly express our support for your most noteworthy and historical initiative.
The Canadian Ethnocultural Council (CEC), the only not for profit, nonpartisan national coalition of ethnocultural organizations (of which the NCIC is a proud member), whose objectives, interalia, are to engage ethnocultural communities to foster harmony and acceptance of our diversity and multiculturalism, which is one of the cornerstones of our great country, also ardently supports your motion as evidenced herein.
Although the symbolism that this motion expresses is well deserved, we would like to meet in the near future to discuss how to maximize the opportunity to celebrate Italian Heritage Month across Canada. We would request that the undersigned national Italian organizations, representing over 1.5 million Canadians of Italian origin, be allowed to participate in the development programs and events for Italian Heritage Month.
We look forward to working with you as well as members of the Canada-Italy Committee to ensure that this Italian Heritage Month be nourished and developed in an appropriate manner for the benefit of not only the Italian community but also for all Canadians and concomitantly the multicultural reality of Canada.
Roberto Colavecchio, President
National Congress of Italian-Canadians
Joseph S. Monachino, National President
Order Sons of Italy of Canada
Bob Sacco, President
National Federation of Canadian Italian Business and Professional Associations
Dominic Campione, President
Canadian Ethnocultural Council
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