Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

Each May we recognize the valuable contributions of Canadians of Asian descent in the development of Canadian history, identity, and society during Asian Heritage Month.

This year, the theme of Asian Heritage Month is “Advancing Democracy, Strengthening Canada.” We will mark two special milestones: the 10th anniversary of Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and the 65th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act which led to Canadians of Chinese descent receiving the right to vote in Canada. To mark these two milestones, Minister Jason Kenney recently unveil aedn exhibit developed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) featuring the contributions of twenty Canadians of Asian descent to Canada. The exhibit will travel across the country during Asian Heritage Month and community groups will have the opportunity to showcase it throughout the year. An online version is also available on the CIC Website.

A 30-second promotional video to raise awareness of Asian Heritage Month was also created and may be found on the CIC Youtube Channel.

In the month ahead, there will be numerous events taking place in Ajax-Pickering to celebrate Asian Heritage Month and I invite all Canadians to participate in them. If you have an event you’d like us to know about please fill in our Event Request Form.

For more information on Asian Heritage Month, please visit the CIC website or use #AHM to partake in the dialogue on Twitter.