Kamloops celebrates cultural diversity during annual walk

By Jill Sperling
March 21, 2017 - 4:00pm Updated: March 21, 2017 - 6:05pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops residents marched proudly down Tranquille Rd. today to celebrate and embrace the community's cultural diversity. 

March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

In Kamloops, the Walk to Embrace Cultural Diversity has been held on this day more over 20 years. 

Walkers drew plenty of attention by waving flags of various countries as they made their way from Wilson House to the Kamloops Immigrant Services Building. 

Executive Director of Kamloops Immigrant Services, Paul Lagace said the goal was to be visible. 

"There's a lot of discord in the world, and the last thing we need is to focus on creating discord," Lagace said. "I realize there are some challenges around the world. Here in Kamloops we are pretty well oblivious to some of  these things. We're not really that affected by it, and we really don't want to be affected by it, so we try to encourage people to get along and to work together.

"Share our diversity, but also share our commonalities." 

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