The Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union (ACSSU) at York University proudly participated in York’s 2010 Multicultural Week to showcase our rich history and cultural. The first day of the week on Monday February 8th was dedicated to a Multicultural Parade which brought people of different ethnicities and cultural together in a Canadian university - York University which is truly rich in its multiculturalism. The Parade allowed people, including Assyrians (also known as Chaldean and Syriac), to broadcast their cultural by joining together in a celebration of multiculturalism.
Members from ACSSU @ York U. were proud to wear the traditional clothes of Assyrians – jolet koomalie, and walk through the campus representing our people throughout the Diaspora and in our homeland Iraq. The parade provided us with an opportunity to celebrate our ethnicity among people from all around the world. It was a great honour to bring smiles to the faces of other Assyrian students who saw their own nationality presented before them in the university. These students happily followed ACSSU members to the Fashion Show afterwards where our traditional attire was presented to all York U. students.
The Fashion Show took place in the student center and ACSSU @ York U. members proudly walked down the runway wearing jolet koomalie with Assyrian music in the background. They were cheered on by fellow Assyrian students and people from different ethnicities. More so, the Multicultural Parade and Fashion Show provided students from ACSSU @ York the rewarding experience of sharing our rich ethnicity with other people and also allowing the York student body to learn of the thriving existence of Assyrians within our university.
ACSSU would like to thank all the people who contributed and came out to support.