Our multi-cultural country is strengthened by what we bring together. We aim to introduce the richness of Arab and Palestinian culture to other Canadians.
It is important to us that our culture and history are understood and represented accurately. There are many private stories of struggle and courage that can serve as lessons from the history we have come through and are still living. We find that these very human experiences resonate with Canadians from other cultures too, creating a common bond of human understanding.
By enabling people to experience and celebrate their own culture under the umbrella of this Association, CPAM expects to keep our culture and traditions alive; creating comfort for the refugees who came here under harsh circumstances; helping new families settle in; and to pass our culture and traditions on to the next generations of Canadian-born Arabs and Palestinians
CPAM is a socio-cultural organization for Palestinians and Arabs living in Manitoba. We are membership based and are solely operated by volunteers.
We are committed to the civic and social empowerment of Canadians of Arab descent. CPAM promotes intellectual freedom and human rights. We embrace the ideals of equality, equity, freedom, respect for individuals and groups as principles that are fundamental to the success and growth of our provinces and country.
It is our efforts as volunteers at CPAM that bring all Canadians together to celebrate Arab and Palestinian culture and keep our traditions alive.
We create comfort for the refugees who came here under harsh circumstances; helping new families settle in; and to pass our culture and traditions on to the next generations of Canadian-born Arabs and Palestinians.
One of the beauties of living in a multi-cultural society is the opportunity to integrate our blend of cultural heritages while maintaining mainstream values. We hold dear those symbols and practices that symbolize Palestine to us as much as we embrace the best of Canada. We want to ensure that our heritage remains alive and thriving in our adopted country.
We also have an Artist Mission that examines ideas about identity, heritage and experience. Our ideas usually evolve slowly and impulsively, with one story often informing the next. Our thematic events are dedicated to the meeting of Arabic and Western cultures that represent modern bodies of work through folkloric productions in dance, music, theater and multidisciplinary arts.
Until recently Arabic cultural heritage has remained a somewhat obscure phenomenon in Canada. According to existing documentation there are approximately 5,000 Arabs in Manitoba alone at this time. Our religion, culture, history, heritage, and nature lend the inspiration to create meaningful mosaic artworks.
CPAM will serve as an effective advocate for the members of its community.
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Wajih Zeid founded and registered ACPAM as a non-profit organization in Manitoba in January 1990. It functioned for 15 years, carrying out important activities, but eventually became dormant as a result of the passing of key founding members.