The Eritrean-Canadians Festival for Unity, Reconciliation and Justice inToronto, Canada July 1-2 2017.

The Eritrean-Canadians Festival for Unity, Reconciliation and Justice in                                    Toronto, Canada July 1-2 2017.  BACKGROUNDER:- “The Eritrean-Canadians Festival for Unity, Reconciliation and Justice” scheduled to be held on July 1-2, 2017 in Toronto, Canada is the first of its

The Eritrean-Canadians Festival for Unity, Reconciliation and Justice in 

                                  Toronto, Canada July 1-2 2017. 

BACKGROUNDER:-

“The Eritrean-Canadians Festival for Unity, Reconciliation and Justice” scheduled to be held on July 1-2, 2017 in Toronto, Canada is the first of its kind and is expected to be a major attraction for Eritreans and friends of Eritrea. It required months of preparation, meetings and counted on community leaders, activists and educators with common and mutual understanding of prevailing trends, diversity, and needs of Eritrean-Canadians. The invitation was open for every Eritrean concerned about the tragic human rights situation of their country and want to devise strategies to combat human rights violations in Eritrea. A nine-member Organizing Committee was set-up composed of representatives from six cities to organize the festival to help and work closely with its counter-part in Toronto.

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

To Build an emboldened community of Eritrean-Canadians that is committed to contribute in a unified and sustained manner towards cultural and economic developments of Canada and the noble mission of ending tyranny in Eritrea and establishing rule of law and democracy.

 

The Eritrean-Canadians Festival for Unity, Reconciliation and Justice has the following objectives:

To create an opportunity for Eritrean Canadians to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and join the numerous events organized on this occasion by various communities across Canada.

Celebrate the heritage and identity of Eritrean Canadians through cultural events, workshops and discussions.

Create a wide platform to bring Eritrean-Canadians together in the common vision of combatting human rights violations in Eritrea and contribute substantively to the democratic and just cause of struggle against the tyranny in Eritrea.

Promote unity and strengthen bonds between diverse and multi-faceted Eritrean Diaspora and highlight the need of participation of all Eritrean stake-holders in every facets of Eritrean life in the spirit of democracy, equity and social justice.

 

Provide an opportunity to Eritrean artists, poets and musicians to showcase their talents to public and promote cultural and artistic expressions as noble means of highlighting the plight of Eritreans and fighting injustice.

 

The Festival strives to bring topics, discourses, perspectives based on the long and cherished Eritrean history, and ongoing political realities with a view to underscore the need of unity, identity and reconciliation in the historic struggle against the injustice and tyranny of the Isaias regime.

Based on the public panel-discussion, the participants are tasked to produce specific objectives that highlight common goals for future directions:

 

GOALS:

Based on the public panel-discussion, the participants are tasked to produce specific objectives that highlight common goals for future directions:

  1. Establish ad-hoc committees tasked to handle specific action-oriented projects that deal with human rights advocacy, Eritrean refugee issues and other topics. The emerging committee’s main objective is to “proactively reframe Canadian public debates and impact current and emerging policies of the Canadian government in ways that advance Eritrean-Canadian interests through advocacy, position papers, policy statements, press releases and other strategies”.
  2. Provide opportunities to cherish unity and advance reconciliation among Eritreans.
  3. Ensure the festival is an established annual event and to build on the experiences of this year and establish organizing committee that is responsible for the planning and organizing of this annual event.

The Festival will have three components.

  1. Saturday 1 July 2017 Panel Discussions and Formation of Adhoc-Committees
  2. Saturday 1 July 2017 Evening: Live Musical Concert with Noted Eritrean Artists, Yohannes Tikabo (Wedi Tikabo); Mohamed Beteli (Arab,Tigre);  Saho and Bilen.
  3. Sunday 2 July 2017:- Park Family Entertainment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. (FAQ.)

Who can participate in this event?

  • The event is open to all people of an Eritrean background and others interested in the mission and objectives of the event.

Who is organizing this event?

  • The event is organized by a group of volunteers from various cities, including Buffalo (USA) London, Ottawa, Montreal, Kitchener, Winnipeg, and Toronto. The organizers represent the different segments of the Eritrean diaspora community, including religious, regional and gender diversity.

Is there a fee to participate in the festival?

  • The workshop are offered free of charge. The family event in the park will also be free of charge.  However, there is going to be a fee to participate the Saturday night live Musical concert. Entrance fee at the gate is $30.00.

What will happened during the cultural night/ live Musical?

  • “Hadnet Entertainment” from USA is the main featured band. Yohannes Tikabo ( Wedi Tikabo ) from USA as well as local singers will entertain participants in various Eritrean languages, including Saho, Tigre , Afar, Tigrinya and other  languages

What will be covered during the workshops?

  • The workshops will be organized in discussion formats. Everyone is welcome to participate in the sessions and contribute towards fruitful discussions on topics of unity, reconciliation and justice.  People will be assigned to seat in tables and talk about specific issues prepared by workshop organizers.

The organizing committee welcomes you all. The Organizing Committee can be contacted at: erifestivaltoronto@gmail.com

 

Toronto Festival Organizing Committee.

 

 

aseye.assenna@googlemail.com

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5 COMMENTS
  • k.tewolde June 11, 2017

    The arsenal we can wield together against the enemy of our people (HGDEF) is beyond comprehension,looking forward to the event.Lets make this a summer to remember in Eritrean political history- the beginning of the end of tyranny in our homeland.God bless us all.

  • fetsum abraham June 11, 2017

    Good news and thank you. Please concentrate on the current choices of struggle for eventual global unity as our Europe based citizens are doing. If you unite under one leadership, chances are you will influence the US crowd to follow the trend and with the development in Europe, we can soon achieve global leadership to democracy. God bless it will happen!!

  • TZ June 11, 2017

    Eritrean-Canadians Festival for Unity, this sounds great and having many details shows that the organizers are well prepared. I have no doubt and I wish that the result to the event will be successful.

    keep up with the great work for unity! thanks

  • Asmara Eritrea June 13, 2017

    First Eritreans in Holland and now in Canada rise up to champion rule of law in their country of origin. Well done and I wish you success in your endeavour.

    I hope the UK Eritrean diaspora wake up from their long dream to join the global march for unity to create an independent Eritrea free from Isaias’ brutality.

    Eritrea forever, death to dictatorship.

  • Beletse Abraha July 5, 2017

    It might not be as big as it should be but it’s the beginning of the future

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