Image from article, with caption: Monument: The Inukshuk, made of piled stones or boulders, conveys the basic human warmth and friendliness of Canadians. -- Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Canada
Việt Nam News presents an article written by the Canadian Ambassador to Việt Nam, David Devine, to honour the National Day of Canada today.
I am so happy to be speaking to you on Canada’s 149th birthday. Just one more year until Canada’s 150th and already the preparations have begun! Canada Day gives Canadians at home and abroad the chance to take the time to celebrate their patriotic pride with their friends, family, and neighbours. ...
Canada firmly believes that gender equality is essential for sustainable development, social justice, peace and security – all necessary factors for a strong and prosperous society. Through our work and programming, the Embassy of Canada has been proud to support over the past decades local organisations and government in the implementation of projects promoting and supporting these important rights, and I have been inspired by the passionate advocates for these issues in Việt Nam.
The Embassy of Canada is pleased to support, every year, the Hanoi Run for Children which last December, together with the Canada-Vietnam Friendship Association, Hanoi Union of Friendship Association as well as 10,000 fellow residents of Hà Nội, raised over VNĐ1.5 billion to help disadvantaged sick kids in Việt Nam receive treatment for heart disease and cancer.
We have been fortunate to welcome many renowned Canadian artists and musicians to Vietnam through our active public diplomacy program. This year, we were honoured to have the opportunity to showcase the talents of the globally-accomplished Canadian violinist Ms. Véronique Mathieu in the concert ‘Canada and Việt Nam in Harmony’ as well as the highly acclaimed Slam poet David Dufour in the cultural exchange ‘le français, j’adore!’ to kick off the Month of the Francophonie in March. ...