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September 17, 2010
Toronto hosting Andean First Nations festival this Sunday
Toronto Mayor David Miller has issued a proclamation to celebrate the Wiphala Festival that will be held on the outdoor podium at Toronto City Hall this Sunday afternoon.

The City of Toronto and the First Nations Andean Council-Toronto are hosting the ninth annual Wiphala Festival to celebrate the autumn equinox, the 15th anniversary of the First Nations Andean Council, and the presence of the growing population of Andean Aboriginal people in Toronto.

Date: Sunday, September 19
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Podium, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The territory of the indigenous Andean population includes Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, northern Chile, northern Argentina and southern Colombia. The Wiphala is made up of 49 squares of the seven colours of the rainbow.

The celebration will include a flag raising and performances by traditional drummers, musicians and dancers from Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and Bolivia.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Mae Maracle, Diversity Management and Community Engagement Consultant, City Manager's Office, 416-392-5583,
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, 416-392-6824,
Marco Guzman, Secretary of the First Nations Andean Council, 416-457-7224,



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