Chatham-Kent is home to a wide variety of cultural communities that help newcomers meet friends, network, and access resources to help them adjust to their new home. These communities enrich Chatham-Kent by sharing their culture through events, education opportunities and community involvement.

Some Past Cultural Events

  • The Caribbean-Canadian festival

  • Chinese New Year celebrations

  • Performances by the Portuguese dance ensemble

  • Dinner and dance events at the Filipino Club

Cultural/Language Education

Our cultural communities work hard to educate young people about their traditions and language. The following resources provide language training for children.

Chinese Language Classes

The Chatham-Kent Chinese Association offers Chinese language (Mandarin - intermediate level) learning to children. The classes are designed teach students about Chinese culture through the Chinese language. The classes are suitable for children between the ages of 4-12, and are held at the Chatham Public Library (120 Queen Street, Chatham). The class schedules vary throughout summer and wintertime.

For more information, please contact:

Chatham-Kent Chinese Association
Contact Person: Jing Wang, Chairperson

Arabic School

The Chatham-Kent Muslim Association began the Arabic School to provide Arabic speaking children in the community the opportunity to maintain their culture, roots, and use of the language spoken at home. The school has students from varying age groups and various towns in Chatham-Kent.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. R. Veettil, Arabic School Coordinator
Phone: 519.354.3372

Ongoing Cultural Support

If your family is new to Chatham-Kent, we want the transition to your new home to be as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our Community Support page will connect you with groups that can answer your diversity-related questions, and provide services and resources to help you settle in.

You may also want to make contact with one of our many places of worship.

Chatham-Kent’s Heritage

Chatham-Kent is steeped in African-Canadian heritage and history. The area played a vital role in the Underground Railroad during the American Civil War, when thousands of slaves escaped to freedom in Canada. Visitors can learn more at Buxton National Historic Site & Museum in North Buxton, Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dresden, and at the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society.

We also have an active francophone community, centred in the town of Pain Court and extending to Grande Pointe and Tilbury.