May is Asian Heritage Month
Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today.
Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s. In December 2001, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
2022 Asian Heritage Month Theme
The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2022 is, “Continuing a legacy of greatness”. This month is a reminder for all Canadians to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms.
For too many Asian communities in Canada, anti-Asian racism is a daily lived reality. Now, more than ever, and not just during Asian Heritage Month, we need to raise awareness of the challenges faced by these communities across Canada and to confront and denounce all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination. Click here to find out more about resources available to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
Official Declaration of Asian Heritage Month
Diversity represents one of Canada’s greatest strengths, and we strive to ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to reach their full potential and participate in Canada’s civic life.
Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western, Central and Southeast Asia, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.
The people of this diverse, vibrant and growing community have contributed to every aspect of life in Canada — from the arts and science to sport, business, and government.
Asian Heritage Month offers all Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the history of Canadians of Asian descent and to celebrate their contributions to the growth and prosperity of Canada.
Students at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School are inviting guest speakers into the classroom to learn about and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage. Ms. Raturi and Ms. Anu, teachers at the school, dressed in their traditional Indian clothes and answered many questions from the Grade 1's, including when they are worn and do the teachers in their home country wear the traditional clothes every day. MLA Rahki Pancholi spoke about her Indian culture and her family's traditions with students at the school. Ms. Van Vo read 'Eyes that Kiss in the Corners' by Joanna Ho to the students and shared her experience as a former refugee coming to Canada from Malaysia on a boat.
Students continued Asian Heritage Month celebrations by learning about the history and development of origami and creating a beautiful origami display as a school.
Archbishop MacDonald Catholic High School's Senior Band performs 'Joyful Parade' led by Dale Chapman. The modern Japanese piece is a medley of tunes from Ghibli anime movies.
Student artwork from Holy Family Catholic Elementary/Junior High School:
Student artwork from Christ the King Catholic Elementary/Junior High School: