Organizations and educational resources – Asian Heritage Month

Read about the organizations and educational resources dedicated to promoting and commemorating Asian heritage in Canada.

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Organizations

National

  • Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, created by an Act of Parliament in 1984, is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank on Canada’s relations with Asia. 
  • Vietnamese Canadian Federation
    The Vietnamese Canadian Federation, a non-profit organization that represents 11 associations across Canada, provides a unified voice for Vietnamese Canadians. Its objectives are to maintain solidarity among Vietnamese associations in the country, work for the preservation and development of Vietnamese culture, and foster the spirit of mutual help and community responsibility.

Alberta

  • Edmonton’s Asian Heritage Month
    Edmonton's Asian Heritage Month was founded in May 1998. It continues to be a leader in the production and presentation of cultural works to new audiences and in the intergenerational exchange of ideas and experiences among leading Asian Canadian creators.

British Columbia

  • Chinatown Vancouver
    Vancouver has been home to a vibrant Chinese community since the mid-19th century. Today, Vancouver's Chinatown is one of the largest in North America and provides an authentic Asian encounter complete with unique architecture, exotic culinary aromas and an array of imported goods.
  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
    The Centre promotes understanding and friendship between the Chinese community and other cultural groups in Canada.
  • Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
    The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre opened in September 2000 and houses the Nikkei National Museum and a Japanese Canadian cultural centre. The Centre’s mandate is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Japanese Canadian culture and heritage, and the contribution of Japanese Canadians to Canadian society.
  • Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society – ExplorAsian.org
    Since 1996, the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society has endeavoured to explore the diversity of Asian Canadian life and culture and promote discussion of relevant issues and concerns within and beyond the Asian Canadian community.

Manitoba

  • Asian Heritage Society Manitoba
    The Asian Heritage Society is comprised of various individuals who help make Asian Heritage Month a success each year. In Manitoba, the Society consists of representatives from Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Indo-Chinese, Korean and Filipino organizations.

New Brunswick

  • Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick
    The Society was established in 2002 to promote the federal objectives of Asian Heritage Month and to organize educational and cultural events commemorating the legacy of Asian Canadians, past and present.

Ontario

  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
    The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto is a non-profit, non-political organization with the objective to build a Chinese cultural centre for residents of the Greater Toronto Area. The Centre also acts as a bridge between the Chinese Canadian community and other communities to promote cross-cultural understanding.
  • Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society
    The Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society is a non-profit organization of volunteers that shares Asian and Asian Canadian heritage with the National Capital Region.
  • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Toronto
    The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre fosters mutual understanding and facilitates the exchange of information about Japanese culture with the community at large through a wide range of programs. The Centre also works to build a spirit of co‑operation and harmony among people of different cultures by co‑ordinating community events and programs with other ethnic organizations.
  • Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario
    The link takes you to the Canadian Multicultural Council’s Facebook page. The Council is an umbrella organization representing more than 20 Asian countries, ethnic regions and cultures in Canada.

Quebec

  • Festival Accès Asie – Montreal Asian Heritage Festival
    Festival Accès Asie was first formed in 1995 as the Montreal Asian Heritage Festival, on an Asian Heritage Month mandate. It presents all artistic disciplines in dance, comedy, theatre, video, film, visual arts, music, poetry, performance and new media.

Educational resources

  • A Scholar’s Garden
    Take a virtual tour of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Located in Vancouver, it is the first full-scale classical Chinese Garden ever constructed outside of China.
  • Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967
    Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the online exhibit entitled Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967: Inspiration - Innovation – Ingenuity, explores a compelling chapter of Canadian history through the experiences of Chinese Canadian women.
  • Heroes Remember: Featured Chinese-Canadian Veterans
    Veteran Affairs’ Heroes Remember presents twenty-one war veterans who speak candidly about their wartime efforts.
  • Iron Road – A Canadian movie
    The story begins as a humble, individual quest and opens into the immigrants’ epic struggle for dignity and identity. The story of Iron Road presents an ideal opportunity to educate young people about the history of the Chinese in Canada, the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the cultural diversity of our nation.
  • Japanese Canadian National Museum – British Columbia
    The Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit artifacts and archives relating to the history of Japanese Canadians from the 1870s to the present, and to communicate  the Japanese Canadian experience and contribution as an integral part of Canada's heritage and multicultural society.
  • Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society
    The Museum is an integrated component of the Chinese Museum within the Chinese Cultural Centre complex in Vancouver's Chinatown. The role of the museum is to collect, record and preserve artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and wartime stories.
  • Historica-Dominion Institute: Asia/Canada
    This Web site describes the Canada‑Asia experience from earliest times to the present day. The Web site discusses not only the Asian experience in Canada, but also the evolution of Canadian society itself, from exclusion to greater tolerance and an embracing of diversity.
  • The Ties that Bind
    The Ties That Bind: Building the CPR, Building a Place in Canada examines the struggle of the Chinese Canadian community to establish an identity and roots in Canada. This online project was developed by The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada and is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • The Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage
    This collaborative work focuses on showcasing Asian Canadian heritage, achievements, contributions and stories. The Web site also features works by Asian Canadian artists and encourages participation in the cultural life of Canada. It is also a valuable teaching resource for schools on Asian heritage and culture. The project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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