3rd Session, 42nd Legislature

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Bill 218


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(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS Somali Canadians make significant and important cultural, economic, political and social contributions to Manitoba;

AND WHEREAS the week of June 25 to July 1 includes significant dates in the history of the Somali community, including independence celebrations for Somalia, Somaliland and Djibouti, which are held on June 26, June 27 and July 1;

AND WHEREAS these dates represent important moments of pride, resilience and self-determination for all Somalis in East Africa and the Horn of Africa;

AND WHEREAS celebrations are held in Manitoba during this week that reflect the rich culture, heritage and traditions of the Somali people and celebrate independence, liberty and freedom;

AND WHEREAS Somali Heritage Week is an opportunity to recognize, reflect on and celebrate the history and culture of the Somali regions in Africa and the diversity and immeasurable strength that Somali Canadians add to Manitoba;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Somali Heritage Week


June 25 to July 1 in each year is to be known throughout Manitoba as Somali Heritage Week.

C.C.S.M. reference


This Act may be referred to as chapter S182 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force


This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill proclaims June 25 to July 1 in each year as Somali Heritage Week.