WHEREAS: The City of Brampton is proud to recognize the contributions of the Tamil community to our economic, political, social and cultural landscape.
The month of January month is an opportunity to recognize the richness of the Tamil culture and language, including raising the Tamil Heritage Flag at Brampton City Hall on Friday, January 24.
The City of Brampton celebrates Brampton’s diversity by continuing the engage and communicate with our diverse groups and supporting cultural events. One of the Term of Council priorities “Brampton is a Mosaic” signals that the City celebrate our diversity by engaging, supporting and celebrating cultural events.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim January 2020 as “Tamil Heritage Month” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: On January 21, we recognize Colonel The Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander (January 21, 1922 – October 19, 2012) a Canadian lawyer who became the first Black Canadian to be elected as Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, appointed as Cabinet minister and appointed as Lieutenant Governor. His long and distinguished record of public service also included as a corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The Brampton Chapter of Caretakers of our Culture’s aim is to assume responsibility for the celebration, observation and promotion of holidays and cultural celebrations of people of African descent around the world.
The City of Brampton acknowledges the legacy and recognizes the significant contributions of Colonel The Honourable of Lincoln Alexander across Ontario.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2020 as “Lincoln Alexander Day” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: On January 29, 2017, a gunman carried out an act of violence at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec where men, women and children were gathered for night prayers in Québec City.
This horrific act of hate took the lives of six innocent people, left several others injured and terrorized an entire community.
This horrific act of hate took the lives of six innocent people, left several others injured and terrorized an entire community.
Together with the Muslim Council of Peel, we remember the victims and surviving families and express our shared Canadian values of safety and security of places of worship. Together we stand in solidarity against hate, and will continue to provide support and reassurance to Brampton’s diverse communities.
City Council condemns Islamophobia, as it does all other forms of racism, hate, xenophobia and bigotry, and reaffirms hatred has no place in the City of Brampton.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim January 29, 2020 as “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: The Brampton Junior Masters Gavel Club is celebrating its fifth anniversary since being founded on September 9, 2014.
A subsidiary of Toastmasters International, gavel clubs provide the opportunity to youth 10 to 17 to develop their communication and leadership skills through an educational program where they have opportunities to prepare and deliver speech projects, practice impromptu speaking, provide verbal and written evaluations to their peers, and help conduct the club's weekly meetings in a variety of roles. The evaluation process allows the participants to learn how to provide effective feedback, develop critical thinking skills, and key social skills in a respectful and supportive environment.
The official 5th Anniversary Celebration will take place on February 1, 2020. The club will hold a special meeting and will close a time capsule with photos and mementos from the first five years of operation. The time capsule will be opened in September 2029, to celebrate the club’s 15th Anniversary.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1, 2020 as “Junior Master Gavel Club Day” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: The celebration of Black History Month originates from the U.S. Professor Carter G. Woodson's 1926 declaration of Negro History Week, a week in February which marked the birthdates of civil rights activists Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the Toronto City Council declared February as Black History Month. National recognition occurred on December 14, 1995 when the House of Commons unanimously agreed to a motion presented by the Honourable Jean Augustine to recognize February as Black History Month.
Black History Month in Canada is essential to educating Canadians. Few Canadians know that slavery once existed in Canada, or that many of the British Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution were Black. Black History Month recognizes the important sacrifices and contributions of Black people to the development of Canada and the world. Racial discrimination and intolerance is on the rise, it is time for good people to help raise awareness and show their support of the fight against racial discrimination.
In the City of Brampton, the month long celebration encourages us to honour the significant role that Black people, both past and present, have played in shaping the multicultural mosaic of Brampton and its values.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2020 as “Black History Month” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: World Interfaith Harmony Week was proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by King Abdullah II and the first week of February was unanimously adopted by the UN as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. For over 20 years, Interfaith Council of Peel (ICP) has existed as a grassroots organization in the Region of Peel. The mission of ICP is to build an inclusive and co-operative interfaith community, to advocate, establish and promote common ground for people of all faiths in Peel Region and to partner with public, not-for-profit or other community service providers. The ICP hosts an annual prayer breakfast in Peel to commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week.
World Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform for interfaith groups and groups of goodwill to highlight that common values can outweigh differences and provide peace and harmony within our community.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1-7, 2020 as “Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: February 15, 1965 Canada’s red and white maple leaf flag was raised over Parliament in Ottawa for the first time as our National Flag of Canada. On the same day in 1996, National Flag of Canada Day was declared.
Celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, the national flag is a symbol that unites all Canadians and reflects our common values of equality, diversity and inclusion.
The City of Brampton is proud of our mosaic and today and every day we look up at the flying Canadian flag with great pride.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim February 15, 2020 as “National Flag of Canada Day” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: Kin Canada is celebrating its 100th anniversary on February 20, 2020.
Kin Canada has been a vibrant association of service clubs devoted to the concept of serving its communities throughout Canada since it’s founding in Hamilton, Ontario, on February 20, 1920.
Kin Canada has been dedicated to meeting the needs of local communities and has diligently sought the development and completion of timely, relevant programs to meet the needs and challenges of our society.
We pause and reflect with pride on the rich heritage of accomplishment throughout the 100 years Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Clubs have een in existence across Canada and locally in Brampton.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim February 16-22, 2020 as “Kinsmen Clubs' Week” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: May 28, 1975 marked the first time in Canadian history that anyone had been killed in a mass school shooting in Canada.
The mass shooting of 15 people at the hands of a fellow student at Brampton Centennial Secondary school has scarred the lives of the surviving victims and their families.
May 28, 2020 is the 45th anniversary of this tragedy. The healing process for many continues.
The community banded together in 2017 to install a memorial called “the Healing Place” located on the grounds of Brampton Centennial Secondary. In recognition of this solemn day, we remember the tragedy that occurred in our community.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim May 28, 2020 as “Day of Healing” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: On June 19, 1865 union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. The Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed slaves almost two and a half years earlier but southern states pushed back and continued to deny slaves their freedom.
The celebration that followed became known as Juneteenth and is now celebrated yearly on June 19 in America and countries around the world as a reminder of the resilience of the African American people.
The City of Brampton has launched a Black African & Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti Black Racism unit to ensure the City is active and engaged in bringing about equity and change.
Current events unfolding in the United States and around the world, remind us that true freedom requires everyone's participation and that there is still much work to be done.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2020 as “Juneteenth Day” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: Seniors are a respected and valuable part of the community who have been significantly affected by the pandemic. Lives lost and extended separation from family and friends has exacerbated feelings of depression and helplessness in many and it is important and timely that we remember and honour our seniors.
Founded in 1975, Brampton Senior Citizens Council (BSCC) is an umbrella organization that represents 80 plus senior clubs. The purpose of the club is to endeavour to improve the quality of life of our senior population, develop and maintain a higher community profile, embrace the challenge of constant and significant change in the senior population, promote a solid base of communication between various senior organizations, BSCC and the City of Brampton as well as all other levels of government.
The City of Brampton values the contribution of all our seniors and recognizes the wealth of knowledge, skills and experience that they represent. Seniors are an integral piece of the mosaic that is Brampton.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, proclaim June 19, 2020 as “Seniors Appreciation Day” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: The World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the Canadian Government have all recognized Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as a global public health priority and in order to raise awareness, designated the 19th day of June every year as World Sickle Cell Day (WSCD).
The Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO) recognizes SCD as an increasingly important medical issue in the province.
Over 14 municipalities across Ontario and 3 Canadian landmarks (CN Tower, Niagara Falls and CNE) will be illuminated to celebrate WSCD and bring awareness to the disease.
Through education and awareness programs, SCAGO is doing its part to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by families with children, youth and adults living with Sickle Cell Disease.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2020 as “World Sickle Cell Day” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe.
ALS is a physical, emotional and financial challenge for people living with the disease, their caregivers and their loved ones.
The Walk to End ALS is the largest volunteer-led fundraiser for ALS Societies across Canada which unites residents of Brampton and all Canadians in their desire to bring awareness and put an end to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
This year, people and communities across Canada will come together as one to participate in a "Virtual" Walk" to end ALS. We invite the community to participate in an activity of their choosing such as walking, running, cycling, dancing or cooking.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2020 as “ALS Awareness Day” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: The City of Brampton is home to a multitude of cultures and communities from around the world.
The City of Brampton is home to a large and diverse Indian-Canadian community that has contributed significantly to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the City.
The 21st of June was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014 on a proposal made by India.
Yoga, an ancient tradition, helps to attain inner balance and wellbeing and is a path to holistic health.
The City of Brampton recognizes the significance of the International Day of Yoga in spreading peace, health and harmony among communities
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 21, 2020 as “International Day of Yoga” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: Gay Pride celebrations have become common in many Canadian cities and the Pride Committee of Peel is celebrating 17 years of Pride Week throughout Peel Region.
It remains important to recognize the essential worth of every human person and to promote the development of harmonious relationships amongst all members of the community.
Discrimination against gays, lesbians, bi-sexual, and the transgendered community must be prevented. Awareness and acceptance of this community is crucial to an inclusive society.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, do hereby proclaim July 2020 as “Pride Month” in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: In March 1793, Chloe Cooley, an enslaved Black woman in Upper Canada, was bound and thrown into a boat to be sold in the United States. Peter Martin, a free black man, saw what happened and asked another witness to relay the incident to John Graves Simcoe, lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario). Simcoe was moved to pass new legislation on July 9 of that year titled ‘Act to Prevent the further Introduction of Slaves and to limit the Term of Contracts for Servitude’ also known as 'Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada'. The Act was one of the first pieces of legislation aimed at prohibiting slavery in North America. It outlawed the purchase of new slaves and freed the children of slaves when they reached 21 years old.
Forty years later, Britain’s Slavery Abolition Act abolished slavery in the British Empire. It received Royal Assent on August 28, 1833, and took effect on August 1, 1834 freeing nearly one-million enslaved people in Canada, as well as in the English-speaking Caribbean and South Africa. The passage of the British Imperial Act and Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada made Ontario a beacon of freedom and hope, through the Underground Railroad, from which escaping slaves found their way to Ontario, and freedom.
The City of Brampton is home to a rich mosaic of communities and cultures across the African Diaspora who have been affected by slavery, who despite the challenges often faced still to this day, continue to richly contribute to the fabric and foundation of our community.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, proclaim August 2020, as "Emancipation Month" in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: COVID-19 may have prevented students from attending their graduations and proms. It will not stand in the way of our neighbourhoods across this city or region from celebrating the accomplishments of the CLASS OF 2020 in a unique community way!
Canadians have come together to fight this COVID virus, now let’s come together to share hope and celebrate our future - our kids! We are Better Together as ONE!
Tomorrow night at 5pm you are invited to join the Better Together As ONE movement as they invite graduates to come out onto their front lawns in their prom dresses & suits to be acknowledged by their family, friends, neighbours and the community!
We invite all Brampton residents to come onto the streets to make some noise and celebrate our graduates together!
Brampton City Council wants to extend congratulations to all our graduates and wish them a great summer and best wishes in their future endeavours.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, proclaim August 6 2020, as "Better Together as ONE Day" in the City of Brampton.
WHEREAS: Monarch butterflies are one of the most iconic and cherished insects in North America. Their epic 5,000-kilometre migration from eastern Canada to the forests of central Mexico begins in late August each year. In 2013, the eastern population of monarch butterflies dropped by 95 per cent, the smallest recorded population since the mid-1990s. Since 2013, the population has rebounded, thanks in part to the collective efforts of thousands of individuals, groups and communities across Canada, but the monarch’s future remains in serious peril.
Flight of the Monarchs Day is an opportunity to celebrate the growing movement to protect monarch butterflies and the astonishing phenomenon of their migration as their epic journey southward begins. This day will draw attention to the significance of the monarch butterfly, and the need to conserve this and other species at risk in Canada.
Monarch Nation brings together a collective of partners focused on ensuring Canadian children are knowledgeable about species at risk, and empowered and inspired to act on behalf of Canadian wildlife. Working with children, educators, community, and like-minded organizations, Monarch Nation creates a sustainable model of engagement to extend this project’s reach well into the future.
All are encouraged to register for the event at www.monarchnation.ca/flight-of-the-monarch/. A suite of monarch butterfly related activities are available to take part in on August 22nd, including a monarch butterfly costume, origami, kite and more.
THEREFORE: I, Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, proclaim August 22, 2020, as "Flight of the Monarch Day" in the City of Brampton.