Each year the C.I.C.O.O invites the community for dinner and an evening of cultural entertainment and dance in recognition of the continued contributions of the Indo-Caribbean community in Canada.
The C.I.C.O.O is a non-profit committee dedicated to promoting the culture and heritage of the Indo-Caribbean people in Canada.
On May 30,1845 the first ship arrived in the Caribbean Region bringing East Indian from India to work as indentured laborers. The majority of the new arrivals were from Calcutta, Uttar Pradesh, and the providence of Bihar. These immigrants were settled primarily in Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados and Surinam.
In Spite of the harsh treatment and deplorable conditions, which these East Indians endured, many of them were able to maintain their rich cultural identity and values. The Indian Arrival Day is an official holiday in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, commemorates the arrival of East Indians to Trinidad and Tobago over 100 years ago. This day is to celebrate the East Indians that have made outstanding contributions to shaping the cultural mosaic, driving the economic prosperity and building strong nations in the Caribbean.
Following the footpaths of their forefathers; Indo-Caribbean people have brought their sense of community, philanthropic values, hard work ethics, and dedication to their new home in Canada. Today, Indo-Caribbean people continue to weave rich colour into the fabrics of Canadian Society. Here in Ottawa, far away from home, the Celebration Of the Indian Arrival day is yet another Major Event in the rise of the 21st Century of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago it is " Clearly indicative of the strong bond which links the sons and daughters of Trinidad & Tobago now living in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada with its Motherland.
Canadian Indo-Caribbean organization of Ottawa