Hundreds of newcomers gather on Stampede Park for a fun-filled Saturday

On Saturday, February 4, the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership (CLIP), in partnership with the Calgary Stampede, the Government of Canada, The City of Calgary, ENMAX and ATB hosted Building a Life in Calgary: A Community Cultural Exchange. CLIP organized the event for newcomers and refugees who have settled in Calgary in the last year. Hundreds of people gathered at BMO Centre for learning workshops, a resource fair and a cultural exchange, where newcomers had the chance to speak with immigrants from Vietnam, South Sudan and Colombia about their experiences settling in Calgary.

Calgary Stampede volunteers brought their A-game with authentic western experiences including the Incredi-Pull, Bluebell the milking cow, crafts and even horse-drawn wagon rides.

Wagon rides

Kids and adults alike enthusiastically gave the Incredi-Pull their all and found out how many pounds they could pull, hooked up to a harness.

Incredi-Pull

Many of the newcomers come from agricultural backgrounds and were delighted to see their kids interact with Bluebell.

Bluebell

The beautiful black Percherons pulling wagons were quite a sight. Bundled under blankets, riders got to enjoy a little tour of Stampede Park and get a true one-of-a-kind Stampede experience.

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Stampede Royalty dropped by to meet newcomers and help enthusiastic young artists at the craft table.

Crafts

A cultural performance stage featured performances by the Calgary Multicultural Orchestra, First Nations dancers and others. All told, it was a wonderful way¬†for Calgarians–new and old–to gather and share.