MIL-OSI Translation: Statement from Minister Khera on Irish Heritage Month

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French 2

OTTAWA, March 1, 2024

Irish Heritage Month starts today. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich socio-cultural heritage of Irish communities and their descendants.

People who came to Canada from Ireland hold a special place in our country’s history. It is estimated that today, approximately 4.5 million people, English and French speakers, have Irish ancestry, or nearly 15% of the Canadian population. As early as the 17th century, Irish immigrants left their country to settle on Canadian soil to escape famine and extreme poverty. Despite the countless challenges, Irish people shared their know-how, traditions and values with the inhabitants of their new host land. Their perseverance and hard work have greatly enriched the fabric of our society and helped shape the country we know today.

Irish Heritage Month is a time dedicated to celebrating these admirable contributions in all fields, whether arts, science, music, sport, politics or business.

As Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, I invite Canadians to participate in the activities surrounding this month and to learn more about the heritage and invaluable contribution of Irish communities to the Canada, including the important role of St. Patrick’s Day.

Celebrated for the first time in Montreal on March 17, 1824, this holiday will mark its 200 years of presence in Canada this year. Taking part in the parades and the excitement that goes with them is a great way to discover the Irish spirit as well as the Irish history and heritage that have shaped the mosaic of the country.

Happy Irish Heritage Month and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sláinte is táinte!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure not be perfect.

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