GREATER SUDBURY, ON, June 27 /CNW/ - We live in an age where ethnic and
cultural unrest often dominates the daily news. This is the harsh reality of
the modern world in which we live.
But there is a Canadian city in Northern Ontario that is going against
this trend by creating an unprecedented, community-based project that will
literally bridge the gap of the diverse multinational and multicultural
heritage of its citizens. At the same time, this exciting community effort
will quite likely set a new Guinness World Record that will position The City
of Greater Sudbury as a world class city that promotes peace and harmony
amongst its citizens.
On Canada Day, July 1, 2007, The City of Greater Sudbury will raise 72
international and cultural group flags with their "Bridge of Nations Project,"
an exciting volunteer initiative that has been several years in the making.
Funded primarily by private citizens and corporate sponsors, "The Bridge of
Nations Project" has been enthusiastically supported by former immigrants who
now proudly call Canada and Greater Sudbury their home.
The Paris Street Bridge is a busy thoroughfare leading into the downtown
core and it will be turned into a permanent celebration of Greater Sudbury's
diverse multinational and multicultural diversity with 72 colourful sovereign
nations and cultural group flags. Two majestic Canadian flags will be proudly
flying in the middle of the Paris Street Bridge and will form the centre-piece
of "The Bridge of Nations Project".
Festivities begin at 9 a.m. on Canada Day with a short parade led by
bagpipers marching up to the centre of the bridge. Several brief speeches will
be made by project participants and Greater Sudbury's Mayor John Rodriguez,
himself an immigrant from Guyana. The ceremony will then acknowledge each
individual sovereign nation and cultural group's flag. A choir of area
students will sing Canada's national anthem as all of the 72 flags are drawn
to the top of their respective flagpoles. This will truly be a spectacular
event that will instill pride in all who attend.
Immediately following "The Bridge of Nations Project" ceremonies the
several thousand expected guests will then move nearby to The Sudbury Arena
for the annual Multicultural Food Fair.
Please join us to celebrate Canada's 140th birthday with the greatest
multinational and multicultural celebration of diversity to ever take place in
For further information:
For further information: visit www.mysudbury.ca; Media contacts: "The
Bridge of Nations Project" committee members, Ursula Sauvé, (705) 614-5348;
Dan Lee, (705) 524-5084 or Colin Firth, (705) 688-2339