Fort McMurray Today-Tuesday, October 15 2013
Multicultural association seeking local content
The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is launching an online newsletter and is looking for community involvement to fuel its content. “We really want to reach out to the diversity in the community and capture that,” said Caitlin Downie, MCA executive assistant. “To do that, we need all cultural groups involved, including those who were born here. We need to capture all sectors of Wood Buffalo, so we're looking for people to send in their stories, their pictures, and anything they can think of about multiculturalism and what that means to them. We're looking for everyday experiences.”
The newsletter will include sections like multicultural stories, cultural food recipes, travelling to countries of origin, community events, a Q-and-A section on important issues and photo galleries. “A lot of time when immigrants come here and travel back to their country for the first time, it's an interesting experience. Things might have changed since they were last there and their outlook has often changed,” said Downie. “We want to get their stories on how that experience went and their reflection on that experience.”
The My Favourite Cultural Dish portion of the newsletter is linked to the MCA's international cookery program and will feature a recipe of a traditional dish.
“(The) question and answer portion really gets into the issues of everyday lives and might include parenting challenges in a multicultural society like Canada, human rights issues, workplaces issues and things like that,” explained Downie.
The association is asking anyone interested in contributing pieces for the Confluence newsletter to send submissions to . Submissions can be up to 500 words and accompanying photos are encouraged. The first issue is expected our this winter.
For more information, contact or 780-791-5186.