The City of Windsor and the International Relations Committee (IRC) are hosting a delegation from Saltillo, Mexico this week in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Children’s Art Exhibition at Windsor City Hall.
Windsor’s sister city relationship with Saltillo began on July 25, 1994. The delegation arrives in Windsor this month to commemorate our milestone 25th anniversary and celebrate a union of cross-cultural exchanges that have been shared since our relationship was established.
Delegates attended Windsor City Hall on Monday, July 15, 2019 and met with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, members of the IRC, and community representatives. While here, they signed a symbolic agreement re-committing to the existing twin city bond between our two communities, and had an opportunity to explore an art exhibition celebrating cultural diversity.
“By re-confirming our Sister City bond, we commemorate our partnership of international solidarity and moral support,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Our two communities remain committed to increasing our knowledge through an exchange of history, culture, arts, science and technology.”
This relationship allows both communities to create opportunities for growth of our education, tourism, commercial and industrial sectors through ongoing cross-cultural visits and exchanges. This increases the bonds of friendship, eases the exchange of goods, products, services and information, and promotes all that our communities have to offer one another.
Children’s Art on Display
As part of the visit from the Saltillo delegation, the IRC is hosting the 3rd Annual Children’s Art Exhibition, on display in the lobby of Windsor City Hall from July 15 to 23, 2019. Local children between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age were invited to create works of art on the theme of “Why I love my City.” Selected entries are on display, alongside art created by children in our twin cities, including Saltillo, Mexico; Fujisawa, Japan; Gunsan, South Korea; and Changchun, China. Windsor artwork will also be displayed in the city hall buildings of our twin cities.
“Such important and unique projects connect international communities and allow for discussion about each city’s similarities and differences,” said Councillor Fred Francis, Chair of the IRC. “The goal is to strengthen the City of Windsor’s connections with our twin cities through the inspiration and artwork of our community’s many creative children.
About Saltillo, Mexico
Saltillo, the capital city in the state of Coahuila in Northern Mexico, is an old colonial city with a rich history combined with modern industries and rapid development. Known for many things, the city has been called “Las Atenas de Mexico” (the Athens of Mexico) because of the important cultural and educational centre it has provided, and “La Ciudad del Clima Ideal” (the City of Perfect Climate) due to the balanced weather it receives year-round. Saltillo is considered a must-visit location due to its industrial, agricultural and commercial activities, as well as its architectural heritage and tourist attractions.
Our two communities recognized that our people share qualities that unite us in the social, cultural, commercial and industrial fields. Windsor, an International Gateway between Canada and the US, and Canada’s fourth most diverse community, has a proud history of Mexican and Latino residents living in the area. Spanish is one of the top five languages that area residents identify as their mother tongue.
About the International Relations Committee
The International Relations Committee (IRC) is composed of 8 members, including members of Windsor City Council and local citizens, who aim to promote the international interests and image of the City of Windsor. The goals and objectives of the IRC are to support the efforts of the Mayor and Council in the enhancement of Windsor’s international image; to promote and enhance our relationship with our twin cities; and to support international education, cultural, sport and economic initiatives.