WHEREAS, cultural participation and activity enriches and defines the identity of The City of Thunder Bay , serves as a mechanism of resiliency and recovery, and improves of the quality of life of its citizens; and

WHEREAS, arts and cultural participation makes a vital contribution to the development and well-being of individuals and society; and

WHEREAS, The City of Thunder Bay believes that community-based cultural celebrations enhance the connections between citizens of diverse interests, abilities, and cultures; and

WHEREAS, culture arises and flourishes first locally; and

WHEREAS, The City of Thunder Bay has already shown its intention to implement projects that affirm both its inclusive cultural identity and the active participation of its citizens in the cultural life of the municipality; and

WHEREAS, as an annual national initiative, Culture Days exists as a catalyst that connects individuals and creators, eliminates barriers, and stimulates understanding, appreciation, and exploration of arts, culture, and heritage so that every individual in the country has a deeper connection with themselves, their community, and Canada; and

WHEREAS, Culture Days is a national initiative and The City of Thunder Bay has been an active and long-standing participant

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Mauro, Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay, do hereby proclaim, September 24 – October 24, 2021, as “Culture Days” in the City of Thunder Bay.