Moroccan heritage in the spotlight in Toronto

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Moroccan heritage in the spotlight in Toronto

The richness and diversity of Moroccan heritage are in the spotlight in Toronto during this month of November, proclaimed “Moroccan Heritage Month” by the Canadian province. “During this month, we have the opportunity to discover Moroccan heritage and recognize the richness of Morocco’s culture,” Toronto Mayor John Tory wrote on his tweeter account. In an interview with MAP, the president of the Moroccan Association of Toronto (AMDT), at the origin of the event, reviews the scope of this proclamation, the flagship activities scheduled as well as their impact in terms of cultural outreach. and integration of the Moroccan community. Asked about the symbolism of the proclamation of November as “Moroccan Heritage Month” in Toronto, he explains that “proclaiming November as“ Moroccan Heritage Month ”in Toronto is very good news for the Moroccan community. This is a first in Canada. It is a recognition of all the efforts and contributions of the Moroccan community in Canada and especially in Toronto. And as evidenced by the mayor of Toronto, the city thus recognizes the precious contributions by which the Moroccan community of Toronto gives full meaning to the city’s motto: “Diversity, our strength”. ” Regarding the activities programmed during this month to highlight the Moroccan heritage, the president of the Association emphasizes that it has “concocted a rich and varied program, commensurate with the greatness of the heritage and the rich Moroccan civilization in multiple tributaries. However, all activities will take place in virtual mode, pandemic obliges ”. “In addition to the flagship event of the raising of the Moroccan flag,” he said, “in commemoration of Independence Day and the Green March, the month of November in Toronto is marked by a series of activities aimed at promoting the Moroccan culture, history and know-how, as well as the dynamism of the members of the Moroccan community and their contribution to the growth and prosperity of the multicultural fabric of the province ”. And to add: “on the menu of this event are a workshop centered on the cuisine of the Kingdom with a Moroccan chef-cook from Toronto, to virtually prepare a traditional dish representative of the ancestral culinary art of the country as well as a parade of fashion in partnership with Rabia Event and the Dar Al Maghrib cultural center in Montreal, in order to highlight the traditional outfits of all Moroccan regions. Likewise, a drawing competition called “Moroccan Heritage Month” was launched on this occasion. The winner will receive a prize from AMDT which also screens videos on Moroccan tourism, economy and crafts. The Moroccan film “Your mother” by Toutia Benzari, a feminist comedy about an arranged marriage between a Franco-Moroccan and a young man from Morocco, will be screened as part of the 23rd edition of the Festival International Ciné Franco 2020 which takes place online “. He also points out that a “virtual Moroccan souk will allow small businesses and Moroccan sellers (products, food, clothes, crafts, etc.) to exhibit and share their products with members of the community and Canadians in general. The goal is to facilitate the accessibility of Moroccan products for the community of Toronto through the Association. The program will end with a conference-debate (29 November) which will bring together high-level penalists from Morocco and Canada around the theme “Moroccan heritage beyond borders” to promote better knowledge of Moroccan history and the light on the contribution of the Moroccan community in the rich and diverse culture of Canada ”. Regarding the contribution of this event in terms of integration of members of the Moroccan community and relations between Morocco and Canada, the head of AMDT affirms that “this event will allow a better understanding of the Moroccan history, while giving visibility to the contributions of the Moroccan community to the diverse culture in Canada and insufficient a new dynamic to bilateral relations and exchanges, in particular in the economic, social and cultural fields ”. And to conclude: “it will also give members of the Moroccan community known for their dynamism and their know-how, a place that is visible and honorable, in addition to facilitating their integration into the host country”.