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Pakistan Canada Association of Fort McMurray Celebrates Independence Day and 10 Years

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It’s a decade of “promoting culture, diversity, and engagement” in Wood Buffalo – the tagline for Pakistan Canada Association (PCA) of Fort McMurray. Hundreds of local Pakistanis came together for Pakistan’s 72nd Independence Day, and for the 10th anniversary celebration on August 18, 2019 at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.

Mayor Don Scott, MLA Tany Yao, and MP David Yurdiga were also in attendance, and brought congratulatory greetings.

“Pakistanis have done so much for our region. We are thankful for all you do. Congratulations on 10 years of promoting your culture, and making Wood Buffalo strong,” said Mayor Don Scott.

Children dressed in traditional attire from all four provinces of the country highlighted a fashion show, and danced on popular Pakistani songs. The group’s volunteers were also honoured at the occasion.

Pakistan’s Independence Day falls on August 14. The country became an independent nation in 1947.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.