Intercultural Friendship Week takes place each year during the week surrounding March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Because Aboriginals have an urban history heavy with misunderstanding and scorn, Intercultural Friendship Week activities invite the population to learn more – or differently, about the rich and diversified culture of the Aboriginal people living and transiting through Chibougamau – there where peoples meet, and to replace misunderstanding with knowledge and know-how.
Activities vary from year to year but include in each edition Open Houses, a large-scale potluck supper, radio awareness and programming campaigns, and training.
In 2016, the CEFC invited local community organisations to take part in the steering committee in order to broaden the impact of the awareness campaigns. Amongst these precious partners we find: the Town of Chibougamau, Réseau Hommes Québec, the Centre de femmes les Elles du Nord, the Centre de santé de Chibougamau, the Maison des jeunes Sac-Ados as well as the Chibougamau proximity worker initiative.
The Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre Aboriginal Day is a major event gathering more than 300 people. It rallies Aboriginals from Chibougamau and its vicinities to highlight and share our culture. We host Aboriginal artists and craftsmen, celebrate traditional ceremonies and organize games for participants. Throughout the day, our traditional cooks serve wild meat as tastings.
For the last 35 years, the Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre has been organising this traditional event with the goal of promoting cultural exchanges and creating opportunities for people of all Nations to gather and learn from each other. Aboriginal Day provides an opportunity to develop friendships and intercultural understanding. This day is also a wonderful opportunity for the urban Aboriginal population to celebrate their culture and traditions. It must be noted that the Chibougamau Aboriginal Day rarely falls on June 21 since Beauce Carnival in often in town on that day and our goal is to encourage the multiplication of celebrations in our town!
The CEFC hosts suppers every 3rd Wednesday of the month, from September to June.
Some have a specific theme: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Intercultural Friendship Week, the end of the goose hunt or the annual feast during Aboriginal Day. Other suppers are the occasion to gather together family and friends without fuss to share a meal and catch up on news.
Each participant brings an offering to share for four people: main dish, appetisers, salad, bread and spread, beverage, dessert, and more. When in doubt, call for suggestions!Sign up