February 21, 2024

Latest census knowledge from 2021 reveals the vast range of the cultures, languages and faiths in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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About 4,000 folks handed by means of a fieldhouse at MacDonald Island Park final weekend as 41 completely different cultures and nations confirmed off their meals, artwork, music and trend on the annual Multicultural Expo.

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The occasion is held yearly and hosted by the Multicultural Affiliation of Wooden Buffalo (MCA). All through the day, folks can watch folks carry out dances or songs from their cultures. Folks purchased meals at cubicles instructing folks concerning the cultures they got here from.

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Solely a fraction of the neighborhood’s range was on show, stated Dango Gogo, president of the MCA. Area restricted what number of cultural teams might have a presence on the expo and a few folks needed to be turned down. Gogo needs all of them might have had room on the expo, however she says it’s an instance of Fort McMurray’s range.

“My tradition, Nigeria, is normally represented however they weren’t in a position to get a sales space on this yr due to room,” stated Gogo. “We’ve got over 151 completely different cultural teams represented in Fort McMurray. It’s superb.”

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The expo additionally had folks providing monetary literacy expertise, English classes and assist navigating the completely different providers of the area. Ali stated these sources are in excessive demand amongst newcomers in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

“It is a method for them to satisfy folks from their very own cultures and the completely different cultures right here, to really feel included and welcome to our area, however than in addition they see providers they want like free English lessons,” stated Gogo. “We assist direct them to what they should thrive.”

Latest census knowledge from 2021 reveals the vast range of the cultures, languages and faiths in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo. The info is organized by residency and doesn’t embody the commuter workforce.

The municipal census discovered about 60.2 per cent of residents are white. The second largest ethnic group is South East Asian (7.2 per cent), adopted by South Asian (6.7 per cent). The municipal census doesn’t embody First Nation reserves, however notes Indigenous folks residing within the municipality signify 7 per cent of the entire inhabitants.

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By way of languages, Statistics Canada discovered the area is overwhelmingly English-speaking, however there are 17,455 individuals who can communicate a second language that’s not English, French or an Indigenous language. Tagalog is essentially the most spoken language after English.

Statistics Canada additionally discovered the area mirrors nationwide developments in direction of religion and faith. Christianity is the area’s largest religion and the most important denomination is Catholicism. Orthodox Christianity is the one Christian denomination that grew because the final non secular census in 2011.

Islam is the area’s second largest faith, whereas development was additionally reported amongst folks working towards Hinduism and Indigenous non secular beliefs. The quantity of people that recognized as atheist, agnostic or humanist grew sooner than another religion.

“It is a enormous celebration of range and we’re very happy with the way it turned out,” stated Muna Ali, MCA’s government director.

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A person on the India sales space serves meals from the Fort McMurray restaurant Desi Meal Time on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing Ukraine at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing Ukraine on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A woman serves Ethiopian food at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A lady serves Ethiopian meals on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing Ethiopia at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing Ethiopia on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing Botswana at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing Botswana on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing India at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing India on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing the Philippines at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing the Philippines on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A woman representing Pakistan at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A lady representing Pakistan on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing Jamaica at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing Jamaica on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing Lebanon at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing Lebanon on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A Henna tattoo at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A Henna tattoo on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing Bangladesh at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing Bangladesh on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
L-R: Dango Gogo and Muna Ali at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
L-R: Dango Gogo and Muna Ali on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People representing Palestine at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks representing Palestine on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A dragon’s head at the booth representing China at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A dragon’s head on the sales space representing China on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
Ginger Auger of Ginger’s Bannock House at the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Ginger Auger of Ginger’s Bannock Home on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
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Folks representing China on the Multicultural Expo at MacDonald Island Park on February 3, 2024. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community

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