Recognizing Our Diversity


Recognizing Our DiversityThe foundation of our community is built around diverse values, cultures and history - let's get to know each other better.

We have embarked on the journey of acknowledging the various days of significance and celebrations within our community in order to increase awareness, rethink assumptions, and create allies and a sense of connection with our community.

The recognition of days of significance and celebrations is ever-growing and evolving, similar to our community. If you have suggestions for something that is missing that represents you, please contact the Municipality by email at or by phone 519-235-0310.

Have an event important to you that you wish to share with the community? Our Events Calendar is made for just that - promoting events happening in our community. 

Days of Significance/ Remembrance


Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and accomplishments of the Black Canadians and their communities. 


International Women's Day
(March 8)
International Women's Day is a global day to recognize and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls.  
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
(March 21)

Guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recognizes that the injustices and prejudices fueled by racial discrimination take place every day.

While much progress has been made, Indigenous peoples, and racialized and religious minority communities in Canada continue to face racism and discrimination every day. This day serves as a call to action for individuals, organizations, and all levels of government to actively work to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, injustice, systemic racism and hate. Re-committing efforts, to ensure all people are respected and have equal access and opportunity to be safe and to succeed.

Learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


National AccessAbility Week
(last Sunday in May)

National AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to mark the important contributions of Canadians with disabilities and to highlight how Canadians are identifying, removing and preventing barriers to inclusion and accessibility.

Learn more about National Accessibility Week.

National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S)
(May 5)
Also known as Red Dress Day, May 5 honours the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, 2 spirit, and gender diverse people in Canada by encouraging learning and building awareness to end violence against Indigenous women, girls, 2 spirit, and gender diverse people. 
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
(May 17)
A day to recognize the progress made in the struggle for LGBT+ equality and recommit ourselves to working with the LGBT+ community to fight for full equality around the world. Created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.


National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Learn more about National Indigenous History Month and how you can participate.

Pride Month and Beginning of Pride Season

Visit Huron County Pride to learn more about Pride month, access awareness and knowledge resources and upcoming events. 

Pride Season is a term that refers to the wide range of Pride events that take place over the summer (June to September) when 2SLGBTQI+ communities and allies come together to spotlight the resilience, celebrate the talent, and recognize the contributions of 2SLGBTQI+ communities. Although special attention is put on the Pride events during the summer months, they happen throughout the year in many communities.

Seniors Month
Seniors Month is a time to recognize the hard work seniors have done all their lives to make Ontario into the great place it is today. Learn more about Seniors Month
Intergenerational Day
(June 1)
Now more than ever we are seeing an increasing gap between old people and young, and in order to reduce and close the gap, Intergenerational Day on June 1 was created. The day is a way to bring different generations together by helping them see the similar connections they have with each other. It is also a way to reduce loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress that people of all ages experience.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day
(September 30)

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Call to Action Number 80, the Government of Canada passed Bill C-5 to make September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a federal statutory holiday “to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.” This day also coincides with National Orange Shirt Day when events such as Every Child Matters are planned.

Opportunities to learn more: To learn more about the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and for links to other helpful resources, visit our Indigenous Acknowledgement webpage. 


Remembrance Day (November 11)
Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
(November 20)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.


International Day of People with Disabilities
(December 3)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The day is about promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society and development, and to raise awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life.


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