The history of the beautiful city of Kingston is as diverse as the people that now call it home. It was originally a French trading post named Cataraqui and only became known as Kingston when the British took over in the mid-eighteenth century. From those earliest days, Kingston has always been a great example of what it means to be Canadian and the cultural diversity that flows from that identity. Back then there were just three distinct cultures in the mix, but that’s been growing and evolving ever since, and the old city located at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River and the mouth of the Cataraqui River is now a fine example of the cultural diversity that makes Canada so strong.
The Canadian Colours of Kingston Foundation aims to continue to encourage and promote the diversity that has made Kingston such a great place to live for all Canadians. We believe that diversity shouldn’t contradict Canadian values and true diversity is non-political, totally colour blind, and does not believe in anyone being superior to another everyone is a human being and equal. In fact, the diverse cultures and religions that make up our great city should be a source of strength. There’s no reason that we can’t encourage individual cultural differences without losing sight of our Canadian values. We created the Canadian Colours of Kingston Foundation to bring our different cultures together and to foster understanding and communication, by changing the narrative and understanding of what true diversity is.
MISSION & VALUES
CCKF’s goal is to create a community that understands, embraces and respects everyone’s cultural, religious and/or ethnic beliefs to ensure these are passed on for generations to come. This should be done together with accepting and following Canadian values, culture, etc. since Canada is where we now live. This will result in a community that is truly diverse with a strong connection to Canadian values.
Acceptance & Understanding
Acceptance and understanding of different ethnic, cultural and religious groups starts with a real conversation. By establishing open and honest channels of communication we can create a productive and ongoing dialogue. The goal here is to begin to learn about the different cultural backgrounds of our fellow Canadians.
There’s a great deal of diversity in the Kingston area. All major religions are represented in the city including: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and many others. Our people also come from all corners of the globe. They come from places such as India, South Korea, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe
While we may have very different backgrounds we’re united in the belief that Canada offers the best opportunity for us and our families. Therefore, we need to be proud Canadians and therefore follow the values that attracted us to Canada.
Learning & Growing With History
All of us have our own history and customs. The fact that we left our ancestral homes doesn’t mean we left them behind completely and we shouldn’t have to.
Our traditions and beliefs are a valuable part of who we are, and our fellow Canadians can benefit from learning about our past and we can grow by learning about theirs.
Our mission is to facilitate and encourage the various groups in our community to come together and share their experiences. Accepting and learning about the various cultures that make up our community.
A Forum For Guidance
When you first arrive in a new country it can be a difficult transition – even in a country as open and tolerant as Canada.
Our foundation recognizes the challenges that new Canadians are facing and we’re here to help bridge the gap. We offer a forum for guidance that will help you learn about what it means to be a Canadian in a city like Kingston.
It’s our goal to show you how to truly integrate into Canadian society and adopt its values. The road that brought us here and made us part of the Canadian family was the right path, but now that we’ve chosen Canada as our new home and country of choice it’s important to accept and follow its values.
The Path Forward
One of the great things about Canada is that we can practice our customs and traditions freely if they don’t fundamentally violate Canadian values. Canada is a country dedicated to multiculturalism and diversity in everything it represents. It was founded on a belief that new Canadians bring with them a valuable part of the Canadian puzzle. We believe that the rich and diverse cultural past of our ancestors should be celebrated and remembered.
The Colours of Kingston Foundation believes strongly in the importance of all the various groups that make up our community. There’s no reason we can’t celebrate the customs and traditions of our ancestral homelands in our homes and communities. Those traditions can and should be handed down for generations to come. Canada is a rich mosaic of cultural diversity that makes us stronger and the envy of the world. We also have a strong Canadian value system which enables so many different cultures to live and work together without the discord found in many other places.
NEWS & GALLERY
- Mark Gerretsen - Liberal Party of Canada Elected as the MP for Kingston and the Islands in 2015, Mark has been working hard to grow our local economy, strengthen the middle class, and help our families and local communities thrive. He lives in Kingston with his wife and 3 children. https://markgerretsen.libparl.ca/
- Gary Oosterhof - Conservative Party of Canada Gary has spent almost 40 years in Kingston with his wife Corina and their four children. As the son of Dutch immigrants, Gary grew up working on his family’s dairy farm outside Athens and is proud of his rural Ontario roots. https://garyoosterhof.com/
- Vic Sahai - New Democratic Party of Canada A public health scientist who has built diverse teams and led with vision for 30 years, Vic has helped Kingstonians and others live healthier lives, acting based on evidence. Vic will fight for a fairer and more sustainable future for everyone. https://vicndp.ca/
- Dr. Waji Khan - Green Party of Canada As a business owner, husband and father of two, Waji has concerns about the financial situation and massive debt in Canada. He is passionate about issues such as health care and the ability of families to afford quality health care. https://wajikhan.ca/
- Shelley Sayle-Udall - People's Party of Canada Raised in Kingston, Shelley is a mother and mental health therapist. Passionate about functional health and wellness, she has worked to better the health and welfare of many families. https://peoplespartyofcanadakingston.ca/candidates/
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Originally from Pakistan, Jimmy immigrated to California in 1994, moving to Canada in 1998. After living and working for several years in Montreal and Toronto, Jimmy and his wife settled in Kingston where he started a business, his family, and the Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation.
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The Canadian Colours Kingston Community
CCKF’s membership represents a large portion of the immigrant and new Canadian community in the Kingston area. We believe that our strengths come from our differences in cultures, beliefs and personal histories, and that sharing these stories amongst the community will help us grow and learn together while providing a path to empower and educate new and incoming Canadians. Canada is our home, and we share our experiences in order to further build out a strong, diverse community with strong connections to Canadian values.
CCKF hosts regular events, fundraisers, and community-led programs. If you are interested in learning more, getting involved or showing your support, follow and visit our Facebook page, or check our NEWS & GALLERY section for updates.