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 Current location:About the Concert  
Songs of Homeland 
 
Welcome to the Featured Art Performance:
 
Connecting People from Ottawa Communities 
 
Time: 7:30 p.m., October 1, 2016 (Saturday)
 
Venue: Algonquin Commons Theatre

This featured art performance, by inviting international, national and local artists together to contribute to the community, is to creating a strong sense of belonging and reducing social isolation in connecting people from local communities. It is for individuals to gain a greater sense of belonging and have strong connections to the people around them. The project is to strategically align with a variety of Canadian governments’ mandates and priorities, such as the Ontario’s Ministry of Community and Social Services’ mandate to build communities that are resilient, inclusive and sustained by the economic and civic contributions of all Ontarians. It is also to enrich overseas Chinese linking to China and Canada by enjoying the 67th Anniversary of the National Day with the 46th Anniversary of Canada-China Diplomatic Relations.

“Communities where people are open to difference, to others, are happier and more dynamic than places that are more insular and closed off.”

 Justin Trudeau from Common Ground (2014: 107)

  

 Time, Venue and Operations

  • Performance Name:  Songs of Homeland
  • Time: 7:30 p.m., October 1, 2016 (Saturday)
  • Venue: Algonquin Commons Theatre
  • Operations: Ottawa United Learning Academy (OULA) with its Multicultural Club and the Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) Team
  • Special Advisories: 
     -  Federation of Ottawa Chinese Canadian Community Organizations
     -  Canadian Health Times at Ottawa

Background and contexts

  • Canadian diversity of identities and origins is a vibrant source for approaches in building our social infrastructure that makes communities stronger and more integrated;
  • Canadian Index of Wellbeing reports that, since 2008, the trust in others has declined by 15% and the number of Ontarians with strong social networks has declined by 24%;
  • In Ontario, about a third of the population was born outside Canada and 15% of them are above the age of 65 who are feeling a bad social isolation;
  • 2016 marks China’s 67th Anniversary with Canada-China Diplomatic Relations for 46 years, a point to specially connect Chinese-Canadians in the Ottawa communities.

Purpose and aims

  • This featured art performance project aims at creating a strong sense of belonging and reducing social isolation in connecting people from local communities;
  • People who have adequate social relationship are at a 50% lower risk of death than those who do not. This project is for individuals to gain a sense of belonging with connection to people around them;
  • This connecting people activity is strategically aligned with a variety of Canadian governments’ mandates and priorities, for example, the Strategic Framework and Action Plan for expanding community hubs in Ontario (2015).

 

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