Celebration of Nations is an annual event on campus which gives students the opportunity to witness songs and dances of many cultures in celebration of Canada’s diversity. Like previous years, the event was organized by The International Student Services. If you were able to attend the Celebration of Nations last Thursday from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., then you would have experienced the many beautiful elements that were present at the event. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend this year because The International Student Services have already begun planning next year’s event.
Pond Inlet was transformed into a vibrant and colourful space that welcomed the Brock community to celebrate their cultural differences and bring the diverse community together. Around the perimeter of Pond Inlet were creative table exhibits that featured a variety of international cuisines, country’s flags, and informative displays that allowed students to share their unique cultural traditions and learn about others too. Celebration of Nations allowed students to celebrate their diversity by bringing awareness of multiculturalism to Brock’s campus in a lively, entertaining, and warm environment. The room was filled with vibrant colours and positivity. There were over 50 different flavourful beverages served from different cultures and a large variety of delicious multicultural foods at each table exhibit. This year, Brock students showcased over 60 countries by highlighting rich and unique elements of their culture.
After conversing with a variety of students who attended the event, it was clear that as a collective, students believe that it is important to embrace each other’s uniqueness and that the diversity of their thoughts, cultures, religions and ideas is the strength of Brock. Some students expressed that this event was significant because it allowed students to educate others about any misconceptions that they may have about a certain culture. Some students also voiced that this was a wonderful event because it allowed them to see the beauty of different cultures here on campus.
Overall, students agreed that the Celebration of Nations event was a beautiful, positive environment where students had the chance to understand, accept, and support one another as well as learn more about both multiculturalism and individual differences in order to build a stronger community and work together.
The International Student Services department is already looking for participants for next year’s event on March 3, 2018. If you’re interested in showcasing your culture to the broader community, visit brocku.ca/international-services/student-services/Celebration_of_Nations to find the submission form and additional information. As space is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as possible.
-Brian Pham, Contributor