The Sault’s cultural diversity was on display at the Centennial Public Library on Monday at a local celebration of Multiculturalism Day.
Arabic, Argentinian, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Métis, Mexican, and Pakistani cultures were among those that put on cultural demonstrations or participated in activities.
“This was a free community event and we just tried to get as many groups and performances as we could. Our goal was to get people mingling and interacting so that they could learn about each other's cultures,” said Helena Huopalainen, the library’s Manager of Community Engagement and the event’s resident Finnish Sauna expert.
The free activities and offerings included a barbecue, a ‘human library’, origami, sombrero and boomerang making crafts, world art displays, poetry and storytelling, dance performances, henna tattoos, awards, and more.
The event was put on by the Sault Ste. Marie Local Immigration Partnership, the Centennial Library, the Art Gallery of Algoma, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, New Beginnings Interdenominational Refugee Sponsorship Group, and the Sault Community Career Centre.