“A moment in our history”/ « Un moment de notre histoire »

The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John's, NL

Official Opening Ceremony: Sunday March 19, 2017 

1:00-4:00 pm

FREE (Fees apply for The Rooms’ Exhibits)

School Events (Grade 6 students): March 20-21, 2017

Time: SESSION 1: 9:15-11 am; SESSION 2: 12:15-2:00 pm

Admission: FREE – Online Registration at




Sharing Our Cultures events are held in recognition of the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Multiculturalism Week. This year’s theme is in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The Sharing Our Cultures program is FREE and offered to high school students interested in sharing their cultures in a public forum at The Rooms in March and in rural communities in May. To register, please email: 

Cultural Con‘txt’ is a collection of experiential stories and drawings with explanations, in English and French, by and for Grade 6 students in the province. We ask teachers to encourage their students to share their literary and artistic talents. Submissions are accepted throughout the year. Deadlines for publication are October 31 and February 28. Published stories and drawings are showcased during the Sharing Our Cultures urban event in March and rural event in May.

Financial assistance for the program and events is provided by the federal and provincial governments through Canadian Heritage; the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour; and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Financial assistance for Cultural Con‘txt’ is provided through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second Official-Language Instruction.

About Sharing Our Cultures

Sharing Our Cultures was established in 1999 by Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe as a result of an exploratory study on the “Psychosocial Needs of Immigrant and Refugee School Children.” During a workshop at the release of the findings, study participants recommended opportunities to share and learn from each other’s cultures. The organization has since expanded to include rural schools as well as Aboriginal and Francophone communities. 




In The News:
CBC Article:

Cultural diversity of N.L. showcased for Grade 6 students




Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 

On March 1, 2013, Dr. Quaicoe received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for promoting the values of multiculturalism and intercultural relations where the cultural diversity of all people is valued, supported, and enhanced.

“The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to honour those who have made significant contributions to our society and to reflect Her Majesty’s long service to this country. The medals are bestowed to honour Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who, without thought for reward, accolades or remuneration, give countless hours to the service of others. We are all the better because of their drive and dedication in meeting needs, overcoming challenges and making their community, and our great province, a better, more vibrant place to live” (


For Grade 6 Teachers:
Sharing Our Cultures supports the delivery of various curriculum outcomes, primarily Grade 6 Social Studies outcomes. 

Your students can participate at The Rooms in St. John’s FREE on  March 20 - 21, 2017.
Register at
Your students:

  • Engage in intercultural learning
  • Interact with diverse school youth 
  • Experience aspects of world cultures
  • Understand the value of diversity
  • Develop an appreciation for cultures
  • Learn to accept and respect others

For High School Teachers:
Sharing Our Cultures promotes cross-curricular learning and invites the participation of provincial high school students to showcase their diverse cultures to Grade 6 students. 
*NEW* Virtual participation involves intercultural classroom discussions across regions on living in a culturally diverse province.
Your students:

  • Make friends
  • Build self-confidence
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Gain cross-cultural competency
  • Experience a sense of belonging
  • Acquire volunteer hours

Contact Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe at


Sincere appreciation to our sponsors for their financial and in-kind contributions to Sharing Our Cultures.

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

CBC Radio Canada

Canadian Heritage

Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

MUN Internationalization Office

Newfoundland and Labrador English School District

Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism

The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador

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