Statement by Minister Joly on Asian Heritage Month

OTTAWA, May 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Every May, Canadians celebrate Asian Heritage Month by acknowledging the remarkable achievements of Canadians of Asian descent.

As we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we recognize the strength Canada has derived from the diversity of our population throughout our history. Accordingly, the theme of Asian Heritage Month this year is "Celebrating the Contributions of Asian Canadians."

We acknowledge the important role this culturally rich and diverse group of Canadians has played in our country's success. Whether from East Asia, South Asia, Western Asia, Southeast Asia or the Middle East, Asian Canadians have helped our country prosper and grow. They have made their mark on every aspect of life in Canada, from the arts and sciences to sport, business and government—an example of how our diversity strengthens and enriches us all.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I invite Canadians of all backgrounds to take part in the many events happening this month to celebrate Asian Heritage Month.

For more information on Asian Heritage Month, visit canada.ca/asian-heritage-month.

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For further information: For more information (media only), please contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788

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