Spring 2024 Dates of Significance

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April 2024 

exterior of keyano in afternoon during spring. Doug Macrae park looking through trees




April - Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month 
April marks Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month. During this time, Canadians will take a moment to remember the victims of genocide, honour the courage and resilience of all survivors and their descendants, and reflect on how we can prevent future atrocities from occurring.
1 April - Easter Monday (College Closed) 
Easter Monday is the second day of Easter and a public holiday in some countries. In Western Christianity it marks the second day of the Octave of Easter; in Eastern Christianity it marks the second day of Bright Week.
2 April - Autism Awareness Day 
World Autism Awareness Day is a day to come together to raise awareness about autism, a condition that many Canadians live with. Autism affects how the brain functions, and those on the Autism spectrum have unique strengths and differences in how they communicate, interact with others, and see the world.
7 April - World Health Day 
World Health Day is celebrated annually and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.
10 April - International Day of Pink (Anti-bullying and Anti-Homophobia) 
International Day of Pink has one purpose, to create a more inclusive and diverse world. This is done by encouraging young people to challenge social norms, ask more of their educators, and stand up against bullying towards their 2SLGBTQIA+ peers.
12 April - Alberta Get Outdoors Weekend 
In recognition of the importance of outdoor recreation to the people of Alberta, the second weekend of April in each year shall be known as “Alberta Get Outdoors Weekend”.
13 April - Vaisakhi 

Vaisakhi is an ancient harvest festival celebrated in the Punjab region by all Punjabis regardless of their religion. For people of Punjab, especially the Sikhs, Vaisakhi is a very significant day. Vaisakhi is also celebrated as Sikh New Year based on Hindu Solar calendar.

For the Sikh community, Vaisakhi is not only a harvest festival but also a religious festival. Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi as the day of the formation of the Khalsa (the pure one).

14-20 April - Volunteer Appreciation Week 
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 24 million volunteers.
17 April - Laytatul Qadr (night of power)
The Night of Power, is, in Islamic belief, the night when Muslims believe the Quran was first sent down from Heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad; it is described to be better than a thousand months of worshipping.



May 2024

President Sandra Efu, Susie Bowles and a graduate all in robes at Convocation

May - Asian History Month
Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for us to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the country we know and love.
5 May - Red Dress Day
Red Dress Day honours the memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirited peoples across Canada. Métis artist Jaime Black helped inspire the red dress movement, where red dresses are hung from windows and trees to represent the pain and loss felt by loved ones and survivors.
11 May - Moose Hide Campaign Day
Moose Hide Campaign Day is a day of ceremony where all Canadians are called to join together to take a stand against violence towards women and children and to take practical steps for our collective journey of reconciliation.
12 May - Mother's Day
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
17 May - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
20 May - Victoria Day (College Closed)
Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25 to honour Queen Victoria. The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally on Victoria's natural birthday, May 24.

June 2024

VP Fred Russell, Rebecca Tait, VP Sandra Efu, and Samantha Shipley

June - National Indigenous Heritage Month
In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. During this month, take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.
June - Philippine Heritage Month
Filipino Heritage Month is an important time to recognize and highlight the many invaluable contributions Canadians of Filipino heritage make each and every day to the country we call home.
June - Portuguese Heritage Month
In November 2017, the House of Commons designated June as Portuguese Heritage Month. It’s an opportunity for Canadians to recognize, honour, and celebrate the Portuguese-Canadian community’s contribution to the social, economic, political, and cultural life of our country.
June - Italian Heritage Month
Italian Heritage Month is an opportunity to honour and celebrate Italian Heritage Month, a time to recognize the community’s contributions to building the strong, vibrant, and consciously more inclusive country we know today.
1 June - Launch of Pride Season
Pride Season is a term that refers to the wide range of Pride events that take place over the summer (June to September) when 2SLGBTQI+ communities and allies come together to spotlight the resilience, celebrate the talent, and recognize the contributions of 2SLGBTQI+ communities
11 June - Polish - Canadian Heritage Day
Over 170,000 Canadians of Polish heritage live in Alberta, playing an important role in our country’s multicultural makeup for many generations. In recognition, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta declared the second Sunday in June as Polish-Canadian Heritage Day to acknowledge “the impact and contributions that the Polish community has had on Alberta.”
16 June - Father's Day
Father's Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society.