Newfoundland and Labrador is a dynamic and vibrant province, dedicated to continuing to offer safe and welcoming communities to all newcomers. This is formalized by the Policy on Multiculturalism – Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Our Commitment to Multiculturalism
The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Policy on Multiculturalism is based on the following international, national, and provincial commitments:
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
- International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights;
- International conventions to promote racial and cultural equality, such as the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination;
- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- Canadian Multiculturalism Act;
- Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act; and
- Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Multicultural Education Policy.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to the promotion of multiculturalism and cross-cultural understanding, where the cultural diversity of all people is valued, supported, and enhanced to collectively build a self-reliant, prosperous province.
As a result, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to a holistic approach to:
- Ensure that relevant policies and procedures of provincial programs and practices reflect and consider the changing needs of all cultural groups;
- Lead in developing, sustaining, and enhancing programs and services based on equality for all, notwithstanding racial, religious, ethnic, national, and social origin;
- Provide government workplaces that are free of discrimination and that promote equality of opportunity for all persons accessing employment positions within the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Support multicultural initiatives by enhancing partnerships with culturally-diverse communities and provincial departments and agencies;
- Encourage community-based programs to foster two-way cross-cultural sharing, mutual respect, and citizenship values, as well as promote attitudes and perceptions that lead to cultural inclusiveness and harmony; and,
- Highlight, through public awareness and education, the importance of diverse cultures in our province, and facilitate lifelong learning that prepares individuals, especially youths, to live and work in a multicultural society.