World Fair in Fort St. John
Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) is a program that celebrates diversity as the host of a ‘World Fair’ event in Fort St. John. The fair gives youth from School District #60 (Peace River North) and their families the opportunity to share aspects of their culture with the community: food, arts, dance, music, costume and sports.
On June 8 this year, youths from China, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine participated.
Fort St. John’s Foundation backyard team has been supporting this event since it began in 2010. The team printed out a massive world map and the public added pins to show where their cultural heritage originates.
World Fair passports were also created with information about each country. This was a creative way to encourage attendees to collect stamps at each of the country’s tents.
Urban Systems also provided a food gift card to each country, which helped cover costs of the ingredients and enabled tasty foods from various cultures to be shared with the public for free.
Left: SWIS student volunteers. Right: Edward Stanford with ‘Frozen John’, Fort St.John’s city mascot.