Ottawa, June 30, 2021 – Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) calls upon all Canadians to recognize the International Day of Cooperatives on July 3, 2021, so we can all celebrate the resilience and solidarity that has been shown by Canadian cooperatives. By promoting a wider dissemination of the importance of cooperatives in communities as a strong and lasting business model with principles and values, we embrace the people-centered and environmentally just future we stand for, and where we stand united.
“Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada wants to recognize the essential values of the co-op movement, especially considering the challenges that we faced over the last year. From any sector, regardless of their location, cooperatives distinguished themselves through outstanding actions, because they are managed by and for the people and they are key economic players. These businesses unite and uplift us all,” said André Beaudry, Executive Director/John Kay, President.
International Day of Cooperatives
Marked by cooperatives worldwide since 1923 and officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on the centenary of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in 1995, the International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.
The aim of this day is to increase awareness of cooperatives and promote the movement’s ideas of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. Since 1995, the ICA and the United Nations through their Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) have jointly set the theme for the celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives.
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) is a member-driven association that supports and represents Canadian co-operatives and mutual businesses by working with key players in the co-operative sector and government. We help develop and promote the interests of 8,000 small, medium, and large Canadian co-operative businesses. Our vision is to build and work with this community, as well as contributing to its economic, social and political development.
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