On September 11, the CIE participated in the Mid-Autumn Festival in Edmonton Chinatown by Chinatown and Area Business Association (BIA). A lot of people were drawn to the CIE booth, learning and enjoying Chinese knot and paper cutting under the instructions of the CIE teachers. Chinese knot bracelets were very popular. Many people left with the bracelets on their wrists, which symbolizes good luck and longevity.
On September 3, the CIE joined the Alberta Day celebration at the Alberta Legislature grounds. The CIE teachers brought Chinese knots and paper cutting to the kids and the families in celebration of Alberta’s multiculturism, and unique spirit and heritage.
On June 12, the HSK test took place in the CIE. This was the first time that the CIE held the in-person HSK online test for the public since the pandemic started in 2020. During the pandemic, the CIE organized the HSK online tests from home multiple times to meet the needs of the community.
With the pandemic slowing down, 6 Chinese visiting teachers have arrived in Edmonton since January of this year. All of them have been assigned to a Confucius Classroom, providing support for the Mandarin bilingual program, or the Chinese Language and Culture program. So far, there are 13 visiting teachers working in Confucius Classrooms located in Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Fort McMurray. We are expecting more teachers coming during summer break.