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The Indo-Canadian Cultural Association of Durham (ICCAD) was organized in 2006 to celebrate India’s Heritage including Independence Day in Durham through the holding of an annual festival day which would bring together Durham Region’s Indian Diaspora and its many friends.  Pickering City Council has proclaimed that hereafter Aug. 15 will be known in the City of Pickering as India Independence Day.

 

Aug. 15 commemorates the date that India became independent in 1947. The Indian Flag (Tiranga) is hoisted in the City Square in recognition of the strong contributions made by South Asian Canadians to the City of Pickering and the broader Durham community.

 

 

All of our activities are designed for Indo-Canadians to reach out and share with Pickering’s many diverse cultural groups both the heritage of India and their own. We are proud partners with city of Pickering’s environmental stewardship program as it is important for us to have the satisfaction of knowing that we are helping provide a safe, clean and natural environment for the children

and adults of our community and the communities in large  to enjoy to the fullest.  We are also proud to work to boost local business and tourism just as we are proud of our support for the Arts as with our efforts in support of the Durham West Arts Centre.  The dream of that initiative is to work with the Durham West Arts Centre and like-minded stake holders to bring a World Class Theatre to Durham Region.

 

 

While the participants originate from many parts of the World and represent many diverse traditions, we share a love for our roots, deep appreciation for Canada and a belief that we are all one family.  Our goal is to promote goodwill and understanding between the people of India and those of Indian origin now hailing from other parts of the world and the numerous groups of other ethnic and cultural backgrounds that make up the modern Canada where we all now live.