Organizations and educational resources

Learn about the organizations and educational resources dedicated to promoting and commemorating Asian heritage in Canada. If you are interested in adding information regarding your organization or educational resources, please send your request to the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat.

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Organizations

Alberta

  • Asian Heritage Month Society of Edmonton
    The Society 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 creators of Asian-Canadian origin.
  • Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association of Alberta
    PCCA Alberta is a non-political, non-religious, not-for-profit organization of Pakistani Canadians in the province of Alberta, providing a platform for Pakistani Canadians and others to celebrate Pakistani culture.
  • Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta
    The Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) is a Canadian socio-cultural organization that preserves, promotes and celebrates Bangladesh culture, heritage and history, serving the local community of Bangladeshi-Canadians in the Edmonton area.
  • Bangladesh Canada Association of Edmonton
    The Bangladesh Canada Association of Edmonton (BCAE) was established in 1979 as a cultural, social and nonprofit organization that services primarily to the people of Edmonton who immigrated from Bangladesh, descendants of the Bangladeshi immigrants, and to those who have interests in art, culture, people and society of Bangladesh. Its mission is to provide cultural and social interactions for the families and individuals of Bangladeshi Edmontonians, to integrate them with other communities in Canada and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members as well as non-members. This is a member-run organization and anyone living in greater Edmonton or its vicinity, believing in its cause, and / or being interested in social and cultural norms of Bangladeshi people may become a member.

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, heritage, and contributions from Canadians of Japanese descent to Canadian society.
  • Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society
    Since 1996, the Society has endeavoured to explore the diversity of Asian Canadian life and culture while promoting the discussion of relevant issues and concerns within and beyond the Asian Canadian community.
  • Hua Foundation
    Hua Foundation is a youth empowerment non-profit working on racial equity and civic engagement issues to empower youth in the Asian diaspora to fully participate in advancing social change through exploring racialized identities within Canada and building resilience in communities.

Manitoba

  • Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba
    The Society is comprised of dedicated 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. Their goals are to bring together members of Asian Canadian communities in Manitoba to acknowledge the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society through arts, culture, and heritage, and to share the Asian Canadian arts, culture, cuisine, faiths, and traditions with Manitobans.

Saskatchewan

  • India Canada Association of Saskatchewan
    India Canada Association of Saskatchewan (ICA) is a non-profit dedicated to promoting East Indian heritage and cross-cultural awareness through programming, outreach, and community engagement. Their vision is to share the immensity of Indian culture for the promotion of peaceful co-existence for all humanity.

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 Canadians of Asian descent, past and present.

Ontario

  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
    The Centre 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 communities of Chinese descent and other communities to promote cross-cultural understanding.
  • Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society
    The Society is a non-profit organization of volunteers that coordinates celebrations in the National Capital Region.
  • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre– Toronto
    The 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 coordinating community events and programs with other diverse organizations.
  • Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario
    The Council is an umbrella organization representing more than 20 Asian countries, ethnic regions, and cultures in Canada. It was established in 1998 to promote inter-cultural cooperation among its members and racial harmony through the understanding of cultures and heritage.
  • South Asian Canadian Histories Association
    The South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA) was established in 2016 to bring together art, history, and research. Their aim is to create, facilitate, support, and exhibit arts and research-driven initiatives rooted in South Asian Canadian history, culture, and identity.
  • Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)
    The Council is an umbrella organization of agencies, groups, and individuals that provide services to the South Asian Community. They envision and strive for a Canada free of all forms of discrimination in which all communities are free from marginalization and are fully empowered to participate in defining Canada’s political, economic, social, and cultural future.

Quebec

  • Festival Accès Asie
    Festival Accès Asie was first formed in 1995 as the Montreal Asian Heritage Festival, with an Asian Heritage Month mandate. It presents all artistic disciplines in dance, comedy, theatre, video, film, visual arts, music, poetry, performance, and new media.
  • Young Chinese Professionals Association (YCPA)
    The YCPA aims at uniting, empowering, and propelling young Asian professionals and entrepreneurs. It fosters networks and creates opportunities to connect, train, and equip their members with the tools to exceed their potential and become today’s leaders.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Friends of India Association - Newfoundland and Labrador
    The Friends of India Association is 1 of the pioneer community groups in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For more than 55 years, the organization has celebrated contributions from India and has greatly promoted cross-cultural understanding within the province.

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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the online exhibit entitled Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967: Inspiration - Innovation – Ingenuity, explores a compelling chapter of Canadian history through the experiences of Canadian women of Chinese descent.
  • Heroes Remember: Featured Chinese-Canadian Veterans
    Veteran Affairs Canada’s Heroes Remember presents 21 veterans who speak candidly about their wartime efforts.
  • 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 Canadians of Japanese descent from the 1870s to present, and to communicate the Japanese Canadian experience and contributions as an integral part of Canada's history and multicultural society.
  • Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society
    The Society is an integrated component of the Chinese Museum within the Chinese Cultural Centre complex in Vancouver's Chinatown. Its goal is to collect, preserve, document, and commemorate the role of Chinese Canadian veterans in the service of Canada's military and its impact on Chinese Canadian history and civil rights.
  • Historica Canada
    This website describes the Canada-Asia experience from earliest times to the present day. The website discusses the Asian experience in Canada, and the evolution of Canadian society, from exclusion to greater tolerance including the embracing of diversity.
  • The Ties that Bind
    The Ties That Bind: Building the CPR, Building a Place in Canada examines the struggle of communities of Chinese descent in Canada, to establish their identity and roots in Canada. This online project was developed by The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada.
  • The Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage
    This collaborative work focuses on showcasing Asian Canadian heritage, achievements, contributions, and stories. The website also features works by Canadian artists of Asian descent and encourages participation in the cultural life of Canada. It is also a valuable teaching resource for schools on Asian heritage and culture.

Noteworthy films

  • Iron Road
    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 community in Canada, the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the cultural diversity of our nation.
  • Unwanted Soldiers
    This picture tells the personal story of filmmaker Jari Osborne's father, and other Chinese Canadian veterans who fought in the Second World. Osborne's father and his compatriots recall their training for top-secret missions behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia, as they proudly fought for a country that had discriminated against them.
  • Everything Will Be
    Everything Will Be is a documentary by Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan. It captures the subtle changes in Vancouver's once-thriving Chinatown—in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in Canada. This film shows how gentrification and new immigrants have transformed Vancouver's, once-homogenous, working-class Chinatown. The community's oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory, and legacy.
  • Tiger! 
    This film traces the journey of "Tiger" Jeet Singh, a Punjabi-Canadian immigrant who became one of Japan's most popular professional wrestlers. It follows his life from being a newly-landed Canadian resident to frequent travel to fight in Japan to his current day life in small-town Ontario as a successful local businessman.
  • Scenes from a Corner Store
    An intimate portrayal of a Canadian-Korean family's struggle to understand each other. The documentary shows the common struggle between old-world Asian parents passing down their traditional values and their new-world kids' resistance despite their love for their father and mother.
  • Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story
    This documentary tells the story of the Asahi baseball team, champions of the Pacific Northwest, until they lost everything and were herded into internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Within the barbed wire, the Tigers' passion for the game remained contagious, as RCMP officials and local townspeople joined in, breaking down racial and cultural barriers.
  • Continuous Journey
    This film recounts the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914 through a mix of archival and contemporary footage. The ship carrying 376 immigrants from India to Canada became the battleground between those seeking immigration to Canada and the imperial forces that refused to allow them their right to a fair passage from India.

Special thanks

We would like to give a special thanks to the following organizations for their valuable input and contributions:

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