About Asian Heritage Month 2017

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian heritage continue to make, to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Canadians are invited to take part in the events that honour the legacy of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout Canadian history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know 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.

Celebrating the Contributions of Asian Canadians: Canada 150

For 2017, the theme of the Government of Canada’s Asian Heritage Month campaign is “Celebrating the Contributions of Asian Canadians: Canada 150.” As Canadians celebrate Canada 150, we also look to the future of our diverse and inclusive nation. Asian Heritage Month 2017 is an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize the many contributions that people of Asian heritage make to Canada’s ongoing history and heritage.
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