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Canada 150 recently celebrated in Strathclair

Folklorama showcases Canadian diversity

Shevchenko Dance Ensemble members, Ethan Duncan (l) and Alex Gerrard, showcased energetic movements known to be part of Ukrainian dance.

Canada is a multicultural society whose diversity has been shaped over time by immigrants and their descendants.

Celebrating Canada 150, that fact was highlighted at Strathclair’s Folklorama last month.

Those in attendance shared in the celebration through food and entertainment, both allowing guests to “travel the world.”

Twelve food booths promoting culinary delights of different nations featured: Canada — pork on a bun; Italy — pasta with sauce; China — egg roll; Colombia — empanadas; Ireland — stew and biscuit; Ukraine — perogies and kielbasa; Scotland — haggis, potatoes and turnips; Hungary — gulash and potato biscuit; United States — Lays potato chips; Iceland — vinarterta; Norway — cinnamon thumbprints; and England — scones, tiffin, meringues, tea biscuits or Eccles cakes.

Guests could sample as many booths as they chose over a two-hour period, with ticket prices set at $1 each, with the exception of the U.S. sample, which was free.

Entertainment touched on various nationalities with the Shevchenko Ukrainian Dancers, the Brazilian Capoiera group, Highland Scottish Dancers, and a Tyrol yodeller, performing, and local, provincial and national officials shared greetings.

“Having some of my best years of my life from age 12 to 18 here, I consider Strathclair as my hometown,” said Ernie Peleshok, deputy mayor of the Rural Municipality Yellowhead, who now lives in Shoal Lake. “Reflecting on the fun and games I fondly remember, it’s nice to see great community togetherness still enriching a little community that has survived strife with many shops fading away over the years.”

Greg Nesbitt, MLA for Riding Mountain, touched on the number of nationalities now calling our great country of Canada home. “The struggles of our forefathers need to be recognized, and an evening like this definitely is a great means to do just that, and celebrate what the country stands for today.”

While most communities held Canada 150 celebrations over the summer, Strathclair’s fall event provided an opportunity for people to come together at a time of year rich with giving thanks, which is a great way to celebrate all that Canada has become over the past 150 years.

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